Construction of an 80-room motel, two cabins and a fish cleaning house on Clamshell Lake in Ideal Township may be put on hold until an environmental assessment worksheet is completed.
The Clamshell Lake Property Owners Association appealed Crow Wing County's decision to issue a construction permit to David A. Moe of Pequot Lakes and owner of Clamshell Lake Resort. The association went to court seeking a declaratory judgment that a mandatory EAW be required for Moe's proposed development project and has also appealed the county's over-the-counter permit granted to the county's board of adjustment.
Both matters are pending.
Moe received approval for a construction permit through the county planning and zoning office to construct an 80-room motel, two cabins and a fish cleaning house. It was issued without a mandatory EAW. Moe said the county spent about a month reviewing the plan. Moe said plans for construction to begin would be sometime next year.
John Erickson of Erickson and Pearson Law Offices is representing the association and said in his opinion the EAW is mandatory. Erickson said if the court agrees with him on the EAW any construction on the property would have to stop until the worksheet is completed.
Kevin Kuhne, a member of the Clamshell association and a year-round resident on the lake, said he is affected by the actions of the permit.
"We have a serious concern on the impact of the water," Kuhne said. "With the hotel there would be more people and boat traffic on the lake. The septic system is also a concern."
Kuhne said another concern was because there was no community involvement before the permit was issued.
Both parties are trying to negotiate a settlement. A settlement may be reached this week, said Kuhne. If one is not made, the issue will be decided in district court and by the county's board of adjustment.
Moe's attorney, Raymond Charpentier of Charpentier & Lange, was unable to be reached for comment.
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