Upscale Mich. RV Park Proposed
Plans for Grand Haven Township’s first RV park were unveiled Nov. 19 in a pre-application presentation in front of the Planning Commission, according to the Grand Haven (Mich.) Tribune.
Brothers Stan and Wally Boelkins and friend Bill Roodvoets propose to build a 75-acre, 150-site upscale RV park. Plans also call for a 7.8-acre lake, around which 79 RV spaces would be situated.
The Boelkins RV Park would be serviced by municipal water, sewer and electrical. It would also feature several common areas, including clubhouses, tennis courts and other recreational facilities.
The vacant property is zoned and master planned for agricultural. However, because there are no existing RV parks in the township, the proposed RV park would be classified under “public or private campground,” which is not permitted in agricultural zoning, according to Township Community Development Director Patrick Waterman.
"We can’t do anything with this unless you change the zoning – we’re at your mercy," said Dennis Dryer of Dryer Architectural Group, who is working on the project.
The property is surrounded by commercial and residential property to the south and primarily vacant and agricultural land to the north and east. The RV park would be screened from U.S. 31 by existing vegetation and 12-15-foot-high sand dunes.
The Planning Commission would have to determine whether an RV park would be appropriate in agricultural zoning, or consider rezoning the property, possibly to commercial planned unit development, and consider changing the master plan designation to something more compatible with the proposed use.
“I think the use is very good for a RV park, not a campground, but an upscale RV park,” Dryer said. “It’s really low impact in the township and would not be visible from the street.”
Dryer and Stan Boelkins insist that the Boelkins RV Park would be far different than a campground. Dryer said the park will not allow tents or pop-up campers.