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Forum News Service, Published June 12 2013

Board approves Otter Tail RV campground

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Development of a campground near the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake is moving forward despite strong opposition from nearby lakeshore property owners.

The Otter Tail County Board last week approved a scaled-down proposal that reduces the number of camping units from 186 to 141. The board agreed with the county planning commission, which emphasized that the campsites, near Highways 78 and 5, will be outside the shoreland area.

The proposed campground is called Homestead at Ottertail RV Park and Resort. Developers Greg and Beth Swanberg said they fully agree with the board’s conditions, which include development of a stormwater management plan, an approved sewage system and ensuring that a pavilion will be used only for smaller events and not for concerts and the like.

Many area lakeshore property owners have raised concerns about the project, such as

the possibility of excess noise, the negative impact of septic systems for a large group of people and increased traffic.

But in the end, the county board unanimously passed the revised plan.