Campground Seeks to Extend Season
Township Supervisors in rural Allentown, Pa., tabled a request by Quakertown Campground Inc. to allow the business to operate 50 weeks per year. Supervisors will consider changing the campground's shut-down policy at their June 3 meeting, according to the Allentown Morning Call.
The campground must be closed two months out of the year.
Campground manager Angela Yu said the closure is a hardship.
‘‘In December and January we do routine maintenance on the grounds, and the revenue we'd get during that time helps to offset those costs,” she said.
The 20-acre camping facility is adjacent to about 40 acres of farmland, Yu said. Her father, Tony Yu, owns the property and facilities, which have 200 camping sites, she said.
People taking up residence at campground prompted the township's two-month closing policy.
‘‘We had school children being picked up at the end of the drive in years past,” said township Manager Jeff Vey. "That is not something we want to go back to.”
Supervisors changed the policy in 2007 to mandate a two-month closing each year to discourage long-term tenants.
‘‘The construction workers who are coming and living there and bringing their families were also a problem. So was enforcing people being there too long,” Vey said.
Yu said she was sympathetic to those in the construction industry who moved from job to job and were looking for affordable housing.
Vey said complaints from neighbors and problems in past years ended up in Bucks County Court.
‘‘To my mind, it's not a recreational campsite if you're living there for 90 days or more,”' Supervisor Tim Damiani said.
Prices for the camping sites range from $35 a day to $600 per month, or $2,300 for the season, which runs from April to October.
She said she would carefully screen applicants to ensure they weren't setting up long-term housing.