On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Port of Columbia County granted permission for Bayport RV Park and Campground to enter Phase 2, allowing the park to receive engineering services in the hopes for later expansion.
Located adjacent to the Scappoose Bay Marine Park, Bayport RV Park and Campground was completed with Phase 1 and currently has 23 sites. Scott Jensen, Planner for the Port of Columbia County, said that while the eventual hope is to expand the park, engineering services must be done in order to ascertain how an expansion is possible.
“Part of the engineering is, ‘what fits where?’” Jensen said. “The engineering services is to start answering questions of ‘What will this look like? What will we choose?’”
One of the concerns is designing a standalone septic system for the RV Park. When the Park was first designed, it was necessary to upgrade the septic system, as the whole marina operates on one system, Jensen said. They also want to create a separate entrance for the park off of Old Portland Road. Those are just a few things that engineering services will examine.
While the Port granted their permission for the park to enter Phase 2, they deliberated before their choice, considering looking at the project again in a few weeks. A few commissioners noted concerns from neighbors in the past, notably about lighting in the park.
“Some of the lighting was interfering with some of the neighbors,” Doug Hayes, Port Executive Director said. “Once we got that feedback, we were able to go out there and adjust it.”
Hayes added that they have heard no further complaints for over a year.
Jensen also added that having permission to enter Phase 2 now will enable applying for a grant which will help fund the eventual expansion of the park.
“Early April is when we need to apply for the grant, so we need to be able to answer a lot of questions and make our case that we know what we’re doing,” Jensen said.
According to Hayes, the park is looking to eventually add an additional 27 spaces, something that the Port is willing to support.
“There is certainly a high demand for RV parks in the area,” Hayes said. “We’re at the point where we think we can expand. “
Hayes added that he wants to keep the conversation open with neighbors in the surrounding area, and if there are concerns, “Certainly we want to address that with neighbors. We want to be part of the community.”
Hayes said that there is no specific timeline yet for the expansion of the park. The Port will not receive grant results until late summer or early fall, and construction will likely not begin in the winter because of weather conditions.
“In the meantime, it’s good to start talking with neighbors,” Hayes said.