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Hubbard County board will look at PUD plan for lakes Hattie and Beauty in Park Rapids in July

A conditional use permit for a development on Lake Hattie will be before the Hubbard County Board of Commissioners Wednesday.

As with most planned unit developments, this 24-unit project on a peninsula between Lake Hattie and Beauty Lake in northwestern Hubbard County is controversial.

Residents in the area question whether the site is too close to a wetland area.

Developer James Schwartzbauer has proposed the PUD to cater to guests who "want a quiet wilderness retreat experience."

The Hubbard County Planning Commission sent the CUP on to the county board on a 7-2 vote to recommend approval.

Commissioners were divided over whether two docks 1,200 feet apart would be harmful to the aquatic life in Beauty Lake.

Members of the Coalition of Lake Associations objected to the two docks, maintaining one simply wasn't necessary. COLA is suing the county over a variance granted to another PUD on Fifth Crow Wing Lake.

A ruling in that case is expected any day. Trial, set for next week, has been canceled. Judge Paul Rasmussen said he would dispose of the legal issues in a single ruling.

COLA members have scrutinized all of the lake developments since filing suit.

Although the Schwartzbauer PUD will not exceed density requirements, COLA members nevertheless worry that building common interest communities lakeside, by their very nature, add human pressure especially to sensitive lakes. They tend to be more concentrated than individual cabins on separate lots.

DNR Fisheries Supervisor Doug Kingsley told the Planning Commission one dock on each lake would be sufficient for the development.

Under shoreland regulations, all PUDs must go through the conditional use permitting process first.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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