Hearings examiner rules against Washougal zipline operator

first_imgA Clark County hearings examiner has ordered the owner of a Washougal zip-line attraction to remove the lines and obtain a conditional-use permit or face fines.Derek Hoyte, who owns Heritage Farms Canopy Tours, appeared before the hearings examiner on Nov. 10 to dispute the need for a conditional-use permit. Clark County code enforcement required the permit to determine whether the business is allowed in the rural residential zone and if additional permits are needed. Hearings examiner Joe Turner on Monday issued his written ruling affirming the county’s stance. The examiner’s decision is final at the county level but may be appealed to Superior Court.Turner ordered Hoyte to either schedule a pre-application conference with the county or remove the lines and cease operations within 30 days. Should Hoyte fail to do either, he will be fined $250 per day, according to the final order.If Hoyte decides to apply for a conditional-use permit, Turner required Hoyte make a “diligent, good faith effort” to pursue the application and comply with a timeline outlined in the order. Turner also fined Hoyte $750 for continuing to operate the lines after the county issued an order to cease operations on Sept. 1.last_img read more