County board approves conditional use permits

Chris LeClair 2018
Chris LeClair is the new Otter Tail County Land and Resource Director.Tom Hintgen/Otter Tail County Correspondent.

FERGUS FALLS -- County board members, on April 14, approved work projects (conditional use projects) recommended by the county planning commission.

Among the approved projects were those submitted by Fergus Falls Elks Lodge 1093 for work projects at Elks Point, Wall Lake, east of Fergus Falls and west of Underwood.

The Elks Club won approval of requests for the addition of 22 boat and pontoon slips. The board also approved the addition of 13 campsites in tier two of the work projects.

“The approval brings this to a total of 40 campsites at Elks Point, which will meet requirements of our county Shoreland Management Ordinance,” said Chris LeClair, county land and resource director.

Also approved by county board members were three single-family lots at Otter Tail Lake, Amor Township. A road will be built to access the plat.


Another project approved by the county board were two non-residential lots near Wall Lake and also near Spring Lake, to the north of Wall Lake.

Tabled to May 13 were plans to develop eight single-family residential lots at Pelican Lake, north of Pelican Rapids. Also tabled to May 13 was a proposal to remove an existing cabin and build a new walkout cabin at West Battle Lake.

“A conditional use permit request from December 2019, with a condition the planning commission had originally approved, remains unchanged due to county board action on April 14,” LeClair said.

This pertains to road construction at Crystal Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids.

The project had earlier been seen as being in conflict with the county subdivision controls ordinance.

“It’s good this request finally came to a conclusion,” LeClair said.

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