Developer Scales Back Big Michigan RV Park

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July 11, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

A developer looking to transform the Chemung HIlls Golf Club near Howell, Mich., into almost 800 RV and cabin sites has scrapped plans for access to a nearby lake, as well the proposed on-site baseball field, mini-golf course and waterpark.
Robert Davis, an attorney representing the developer, Spiro Trajcevski, said the deletions were made after public outcry at an April Oceola Township Planning Commission meeting, according to the Livingston Daily.
"We removed outlot B, the use of the lake and road crossing," Davis said. "We listened carefully to the comments of the public about that lake and, based on our own research, we are removing that."
Based on Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) regulations and township setback requirements, the exact number of RV and campsites could fluctuate, Davis said, but he couldn't offer an estimate. Currently, 686 RV sites and 107 cabins are pegged for the property, located just east of Howell.
Township Planner Sally Hodges said there are still many unanswered questions about the project, which was tabled at the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday (July 8) at Davis' request, until the Sept. 11 meeting. Hodges wanted a report of the number of campgrounds within a 30-mile radius of Howell.
"This is, by all counts, a large campground and is there evidence to support a market of those units in that location," Hodges posed.
The developer had previously stated the campground would be licensed to handle up to 4,800 people; however, they anticipated busy weekends would bring in fewer than 2,400 people.
Davis said his client needed more time to address MDEQ and township concerns and that they still plan on pursuing the project.
"Our goal is to satisfy the community with a good campground," Davis said afterward.

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