Among the issues discussed was the County Camping Feasibility Study update.
Three areas in the county were considered for private or public RV parks and campgrounds: Fort Thompson Road, Crooked River Ranch and Drafter Road. Drafter Road appeared to be the most promising option for recreation.
However, Patrick Trowbridge, owner of Vic’s Bar & Grill in La Pine, said the city should focus its efforts on supplying the community with more permanent housing: “There's a portion of the community that's getting passed by the current curve, where they can't afford to live in a manufactured home, or a new manufactured home in a park, and apartments just cost way too much money. Like a guy that cooks for us at Vic's, or a guy that works at Mc Donald's, and they don't have a family; they're single, they can't afford an apartment, they can't afford a manufactured home, but they can afford to live in their RV that they own in a stable RV space.”
Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Chang weighed in: “We also heard about several other affordable housing projects that are in the works in the pipeline. A 59–unit apartment building, kind of led by a company named Danco from Humboldt County. The county has been working on transferring, selling and donating a portion of five acres to Habitat for Humanity to do, I believe it's a 34–unit, multi-family housing townhouses.”
The Camping Feasibility Study which includes housing projects, has been finalized and will be presented to the county commissioners on Monday, November 13th.