Maine RV Park Hits Legal Roadblock
Opponents of a proposed RV park on Cape Jellison near Stockton Springs, Maine, are taking the town to court, alleging that two town boards erred in allowing the project to proceed.
The latest move comes as workers have begun clearing land at the project site, according to the Village Soup, Belfast.
The proposed RV park is a project of developer Bill Anderson. His plan calls for a 30-unit park with two buildings – an office and a bathhouse. Previously, Anderson said both buildings would have a “New England cottage look.”
After several preliminary meetings and public hearings on the RV park proposal, the Stockton Springs Planning Board gave the project final approval May 7. Residents of a nearby condominium community who opposed the project filed an appeal, and the matter was reviewed and denied on June 26 by the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
Last week, a “complaint for review of government action” dated July 24 was filed in Waldo County Superior Court by The Village at Stockton Harbor Condominium Association. The town of Stockton Springs is named as the defendant.
The complaint alleges both the planning board and the zoning board of appeals erred in allowing the RV park project to proceed, but focuses mainly on the actions of the zoning board.
“I’m surprised,” said Stockton Springs Town Manager Joe Hayes, when asked for his reaction to the news that the matter has been taken to court. Hayes said he believed the planning and zoning boards did excellent and thorough work in reviewing the project.
Anderson said the latest development was “not good news,” and that although he had expected a legal challenge, he had hoped one would not be filed. Anderson acknowledged the court action could put his project at risk, but said he plans to go ahead with constructing the RV park.
“I made that decision before,” he said. “We’re not going to stop now. We’re going forward.”
Anderson said loggers are working at the site, and that the land to be cleared has been marked off by a forester. He hopes to have a contractor on site within a month, and then to begin work on the RV park and its associated facilities.