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Beartaria decision deferred to county commissioners

June 23, 2022

By Mike Weland

Self-described Hollywood A-list comedian Owen Benjamin conceded at public hearing tonight that the community might have reason for concern, based on misinformation, but told the Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission that it was misinformation and misunderstanding that tainted the perception of his proposed "Beartaria" development on Earl Lane Road on the Moyie River. That as a "controversial" comic, he was taken out of context.

He was building a total of six dry cabins and a shed on a ten acre parcel in north Boundary County, he said, as a place where he, his friends and family could recreate and join together to garden, grow crops, teach kids to fish ... a bucolic paradise. A hostel.

With no one speaking in favor of or neutral to Struggle Bear LLC's application for a conditional use permit, some of the opposition addressed objective "allowed" concerns specific to roads, water, sewer and safety.

But most who opposed addressed concerns that were based on videos recorded and posted to social media by the applicant himself that very much appear to refute the truth of the applicant and his intents His own words, they said, condemned him.

"The evidence is contrary to what he's described," one testified. "Not our words, his."

"It's easy to paint me badly," Benjamin said. "I'm a controversial comic."

The planning and zoning commission, for the first time in its history, invoked the clause wherein the scope of the application or controversy generated was such that members of the planning and zoning commission are "unable to reach consensus sufficient to render a motion or when it is determined by the planning and zoning commission that decision authority should rest with the board of county commissioners."

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