BEATRICE – In two weeks, Gage County officials plan to act on a special use permit application for a cabin along the Big Blue River, that would be for private and public use.


The cabin, on leased land owned by Gage County Board member Don Schuller, could be made available to those using the Chief Standing Bear recreational trail that extends through southern Gage County.


Eric Engler, of Beatrice created the cabin that would be placed in northeast quarter of section two of Barneston Township.  "It dates back a couple of years ago. I just wanted to design at cabin that had a lot of Nebraska influence, so if people came to Beatrice, it gave them a unique place to stay. I prefabbed the cabin up by Cortland, with a lot of Nebraska influence. The facade is a map of Nebraska roadways...the windows are spaced thirty inches apart to mimic corn rows. There's a lot of barn inspiration in terms of the design behind it. How I visioned it when I first created it is that it would be in a space where you could publicly access it. For example, a local person wants to go and stay, ride their bike to it....they can have that experience."


Engler said he met with Supervisor Don Schuller who lives along the Chief Standing Bear Trail.


"I thought it was a good opportunity to present this to local people as well as visitors or people who ride their bike from Lincoln. I know Don gets a lot of people from all over this country, who travel along that trail. I just want people to have a good experience, and maybe witness what it's like to be from Nebraska."


Gage County Zoning Administrator Lisa Wiegand says the special use permit for the project is required because it would be located in an Ag-one zone. The county’s planning commission recently heard support for the idea and no opposition.


"The commission is recommending approval, with the condition that all flood plain requirements be approved by the flood plain administrator for the county, prior to replacement of the cabin."


The entrance to the cabin would be off East Sage Road. A public hearing on the project was held before the Gage County Board Wednesday. The board typically then waits two weeks before a formal vote on the project is taken.