By Marcy Stamper

Okanogan County has scheduled a public hearing later this month on the proposed Trailside Planned Development, which would create two lots and open space on eight-and-a-half acres near the Mazama junction. Permitted uses include residential units that could be utilized as nightly rentals.

The project sponsor is seeking a rezone of the parcel to planned development, which would permit higher density on the lot, since the existing zone requires a minimum of five acres per dwelling, according to Ben Rough, senior planner for Okanogan County. Nightly rentals are only permitted in planned developments.

The county’s planning director has determined that the project would not have a significant environmental impact under the State Environmental Policy Act.

People may appeal the environmental determination to the county commissioners. Appeals must be made in writing by Thursday (May 8).

The proposal will be heard by the county’s hearing examiner. People who want to comment on the overall proposal may submit comments in writing to or attend the public hearing on May 22, at 10 a.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan.

For more information, call Rough at (509) 422-7122.