NEW YORK MILLS -- Otter Tail County commissioners on Aug. 27, after hearing some objections from nearby property owners, approved a campground at Long Lake just north of Otter Tail Lake.

Commissioners followed the recommendation of the county planning commission which heard the same objections at their Aug. 14 meeting.

A plan for development of 51 campground sites and 13 boat slips in Section 32 of Rush Lake Township was approved by the county board.

The purpose of the planning commission is to review conditional use permit applications and make recommendations to the county board of commissioners for final action.

Some objections for the Long Lake campground project pertained to possible congestion, safety issues, water quality and other matters raised at the county board meeting in New York Mills.

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County Land and Resource Director Chris LeClair told county commissioners that all of these issues were previously addressed at the Aug. 14 planning commission meeting. He added that the campground applicants had followed all of the proper governmental procedures.

The planning commission did recommend that the developer work with Rush Lake Township to have them consider a speed limit reduction on Long Lake Road.

The planning commission includes 10 members who are appointed by the county board of commissioners. Applications for consideration by the planning commission are processed through the county land and resource management office.

In other action, the county board approved conditional use permits for 15 lots at Lake Lida east of Pelican Rapids, a boat storage facility at East Leaf Lake north of Henning and a sun/screen porch on the southwest side of Otter Tail Lake.