Developers Scale Back RV Park Plan
When developers of a proposed campground for the existing Chemung Hills Golf Club near Howell, Mich., come before the Oceola Township Planning Commission tonight (Sept. 11), their plan will be just a shell of its former self.
What started as a plan to transform the course about two miles east of Howell into almost 800 combined RV sites and cabins, a water park, a miniature golf course, athletic fields, and more has now been scaled back to roughly 515 combined sites and cabins with no more water park, baseball fields, miniature golf or access to nearby Earl Lake, according to the Livingston Daily.
"We addressed all their issues," said Bob Davis, an attorney representing developer Spiro Trajcevski, the president of First Development Companies. "We went and got a new traffic study. Whatever they asked us to do – dimensions on road widths; show this, show that – we did it all."
Developers first pitched the campground idea to township officials back in April, after plans for a residential community received backlash from officials and residents.
Then, in July, due to public outcry, developers agreed to remove the miniature golf, baseball fields, water park and access to Earl Lake. Trajcevski has also built the Lake Huron Campground in Port Sanilac, Mich., which is similar to what he was originally proposing for the Chemung Hills property. (The Lake Huron Campground was named one of the top 113 Good Sam parks in the 2008 Trailer Life Directory.)
The new plan includes a store, the existing banquet center and cabin and RV sites.
"It's not functioning economically as a golf course," Davis said. "We came in and asked to build houses there, and we were told 'no.' So, what is allowed is a campground. Certainly, they're entitled to get some use out of that property. I recognize people would like it to be their private park, but it's owned by somebody else."
Planning Commission Chairman George Buyaki said he didn't have much to say at this time, including any specific questions he might have for developers.
"We just have to look over what their proposal is," he said, "and see what they propose and go from there."