Letter from Missoula County commissioners regarding Holland Lake Lodge

 


Letter from Missoula County commissioners regarding Holland Lake Lodge

Dear Mr. Steele,

The Missoula Board of County Commissioners continues to hear concerns from a diverse range of constituents regarding public engagement and regulatory review of proposed changes at Holland Lake Lodge.

Many of the concerns have also expressed questions about whether proposed changes to Holland Lake Lodge are in the public interest.

Based on the input we received, we believe a more transparent decision-making process and robust approach to public engagement would be beneficial. As a result, we request that the Forest Service incorporate a minimum 60-day public comment period as part of any consideration of the issuance or re-issuance of a Special Use Permit for Holland Lake Lodge.

Similarly, we request a minimum 60-day public comment period be included as part of any process that considers changes to ownership, management, site modifications or master plan review for Holland Lake Lodge.

Lastly, we request that the Forest Service require any holder of a Special Use Permit for Holland Lake Lodge, as a stipulation of their permit, to comply with all applicable state and local regulations associated with development or use of the site. These regulations could include, but are not limited to, public health, water, wastewater, land use, building, shoreline, etc.

We appreciate your commitment to managing our public lands and thank you for your consideration of these requests.

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Board of County Commissioners

Josh Slotnik, Chair

Juanita Vero, Commissioner

David Strohmeier, Commissioner

 

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