County votes in favor of shipping container AirBnBs



Planning & Zoning Director Sharon Omstead spoke with the Marion County Board of Commissioners on Monday regarding the manufacturing of shipping containers for housing and use for AirBnBs at 180th and Indigo in Hillsboro. She told the Commissioners that the Marion County Planning Commission met on Jan. 5 and voted to deny the CUP (Conditional Use Permit) for the property to be used for manufacturing container homes. The committee did vote to allow the three shipping containers to be placed there for AirBnB use. This is in spite of Hillsboro City Administrator Matt Stiles speaking on behalf of the Hillsboro City Council and their desire to not have the shipping containers used for the AirBnBs. The city council had decided this based on negative feedback received from residents in the area and from the City of Hillsboro’s Planning Commission’s ruling related to this matter as well as the potential negative impact on Hillsboro and safety issues related to traffic.

Stiles also attended Monday’s meeting to reiterate these concerns with the board. There were also letters written to the commissioners from residents of Willow Glen which is located right by the area where the containers will be located.

After much discussion, the board voted and it passed 3-2 with both Commissioners Kent Becker and Jonah Gehring, who both represent Hillsboro voting against.

Park & Lake Superintendent Isaac Hett gave a department business update. He reported that the state came out last week and surveyed the southern part of the dam at the Marion County Lake. Hett said that they are doing a video conference at 9 a.m. on Thursday and invited the County commissioners to be a part if they wanted to. The commissioners decided to make it a special commission meeting and all be available for it.

Hett said he is getting estimates on campground upgrades.

He has been working on shoreline clean-ups. He also said he has been working on revenue reports for the various revenue generating aspects of the lake from campgrounds to bait shop as well and can have it ready for the commissioners to review. The board decided to meet for a work session to discuss it all in February.

In other business, the board:

n held a public hearing regarding the Eagle bridge closing which is located on Eagle between 220th and 230th. After hearing from landowners in the area, the board decided to keep the bridge open for now and review closing/vacating most of the road including the bridge in the future.

  •  heard road and bridge updates from County Engineer Brice Goebel.
  •  met in executive session for personnel discussion of non-elected personnel. No action was taken.
  •  met in executive session to discuss potential property acquisition.
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