The fate of Southern DeKalb County’s Stone House Park was again discussed this past Wednesday, April 25th, at a DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee meeting. In the end, the committee sent the issue to the County Board with a recommendation not to approve the amended special use permit requested. The vote was unanimous with members Ken Andersen, Dan Cribben, Pat Vary and John Emerson present. The full county board will consider and vote on the issue Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30pm.
The campground was shut down in late 2011 for failure to comply with several conditions in their 2008 special use permit. Owners Gregg Larson and Steve Cecchin are requesting an amendment to their special use permit due to changes in their business plan. Two public hearings have been held concerning the requested amendment to the Special Use Permit held by Stone House Park. At those public hearings, neighbors spoke of their concerns about how the park was run in the past couple of years. Complaints were made over loud music played all night, fire code violations, lack of control, festival goers getting lost and ending up on neighbors farms and bringing an ‘undesirable crowd’ to the quiet rural area. Neighbors to the park stated that despite having discussed these issues with the owners of Stonehouse Park and the owners promising changes, none were forthcoming to date.
Planning and Zoning chairperson Ken Andersen spoke to the issue Wednesday evening saying he had attended both public hearings and had visited Stone House Park twice in recent months. Andersen read a statement expressing his feelings that the County Board needed to listen to their constituents and not approve the amended special use permit.
Planning Zoning and Building Director Paul Miller stated that if the full county board did deny the requested amendment the property would immediately revert to agricultural zoning. Miller cautioned that anything could happen at the May 16th county board hearing.
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Editors Note: Grace Mott was an owner of Stone House Park from 1990 -2000.