Douglas County Commission to consider permit for boat storage, vacation rental on property near Clinton Lake

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The Douglas County Courthouse is pictured in September 2018.

A rural homeowner near Clinton Lake wants to build a boat and RV storage lot on her property and open part of her home for vacation lodging.

The homeowner, Connie Robertson, submitted two conditional use permit applications for the proposed plans, which the Douglas County Commission will consider authorizing during its meeting on Wednesday.

Robertson’s 6.3-acre property, at 1072 North 1200 Road, currently contains a home, which was built in 2005. The proposed open-storage lot, which would be 75 feet by 125 feet, would be located behind the home and provide space for 10 boats or RVs.

The storage lot would also be located a little more than 275 feet from North 1200 Road, allowing it to be screened from view by the home and trees on the property, according to the application.

Robertson said she was interested in the project because of her proximity to Clinton and Lone Star lakes and because she could rent out the storage lot for supplemental income.

Robertson also applied for a permit for “rooming, boarding, and lodging house” use, which would allow her to rent out the basement of the home on the property. The home’s basement contains two “sleeping rooms” that can be used for vacation rentals, according to the application.

Robertson said that she considered the basement as “extra living space in my home” and she plans to rent them out to guests through Airbnb.

Although the permits are submitted for the same property, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission noted that Robertson submitted separate applications because they are not dependent on each other. The planning commission recommended both permits for approval.

The County Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. Full agendas are available online at

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