Montgomery County Commissioners approve Eldorado recreation complex

Montgomery County Commissioners have approved a plan that will allow development of a recreation complex in the Eldorado Community.

130524_Montgomery_County_NC_SealAt their regular monthly meeting Tue., Jan. 21, the commissioners again took up the matter of a conditional use zoning request from local businessman Bill Hudson, who is proposing a facility which would include cabins, camping, off-road racing and other activities on more than 40 acres of land on the east side of Hwy. 109 near the Eldorado Outpost.

The plan has sparked controversy, with a number of Eldorado area residents upset by the possibility of traffic and noise. Some residents spoke to commissioners at a public hearing in October, at which time commissioners decided to delay a decision on the conditional use permits until a time no later than this week’s regular meeting.

Again, several residents spoke in opposition to the proposal. At one point, an informal poll of those in the audience showed 24 persons in attendance at the meeting were opposed to the plan, and none supported it.

Ultimately, commissioners voted to approve the conditional use permits, adding a number of specific requirements regarding primitive camping, race event parking and all-terrain vehicle use. Another stipulation will require the facility to provide private security during all race events.

We will publish more details in a follow up story in the coming days.

Tuesday’s public hearing and discussion can be heard as part of a rebroadcast of the full Montgomery County Commissioners meeting, scheduled to air Sun., Jan. 26, at 9 p.m. on WMTG. The station’s programming can be heard at 88.1 FM in Mount Gilead, online at http://www.wmtg.org, and with the TuneIn mobile app.

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