Public Slams Michigan RV Park Proposal
What started as a public hearing for a proposed campground quickly turned into an inquisition at the Oceola Township Planning Commission meeting Thursday night (April 10) near Howell, Mich.
Developers were in town looking to acquire a special-use permit to transform the Chemung Hills Golf Course into 686 RV sites, 107 cabins, a water park, a mini-golf course, sport fields and more, according to the Livingston Daily.
Many of the 100 or so residents that showed up cited concerns with possible property devaluation, traffic, aesthetics, noise and screening between the campground and adjacent neighborhoods.
Those issues, coupled with the planner’s and engineer’s questions, which focused on requiring a traffic study and addressing infrastructure needs, meant commissioners weren’t ready to vote on the issue.
The Planning Commission tabled the matter until its July meeting so developer Spiro Trajcevski could address several questions.
Developers said the campground would be licensed to handle up to 4,800 people; however, they anticipated busy weekends would bring in just under 2,400 people.
“I think that all in all once we’ve been given ample time to address the major issues, they’ll be able to make a decision,” Trajcevski said.
Trajcevski noted many people might have been confused as to what he is proposing because they are unfamiliar with modern campgrounds. He built a campground in Port Sanilac, Mich., that would be similar to the Oceola Township project. Campground representatives invited the public to an open house at Lake Huron Campground in Port Sanilac Sunday afternoon.
“There are more questions than answers,” commissioner Nancy Probyn said of the developer’s plan for this community located 30 miles west of Detroit.
Commissioner Sherry Mixter echoed those thoughts.
“My thoughts are I need to go through a lot more reviews and issues,” Mixter said. “We have to determine if this will be the right place at the right time.”