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Southwest Michigan RV Park Plan Fine-Tuned

May 26, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Baroda Township Planning Commission in southwest Michigan is working on a change in the zoning ordinance needed before a proposed park for upscale recreational vehicles can open. 

Township Supervisor Jim Brow said the change being studied would add a recreational zone to the ordinance, according to the St. Joseph Herald Palladium

Kennedy Reese Investments LLC has proposed developing a park for large motorhomes and RVs on the site of the Meadows Family Golf Center on Shawnee Road east of Holden Road. 

Brow said the developer would sell sites in the park, which would be open six months a year. 

The developer has an option to buy the land that is contingent on building a sewer line from Lake Township along Shawnee to the site. Kennedy Reese is conducting a study of the sewer line, Brow said. 

The RV park would have a minimum of 215 sites on 43 acres, a clubhouse, picnic pavilion, bath houses, as well as a driving range and putting green, the developers have told township officials. 

The parks are typically used by people who want a place to park their motorhomes for an extended period. 

“Some people are worried about popups and tents,” Brow said, but the proposed park is not for occasional campers. 

Opposition has surfaced, said Brow, who believes the park would attract higher-income people and would help the area’s economy. 

“We’re going to have public hearings on this definitely,” he said. 

The developers told township officials the proposed RV park site is a good choice because Baroda is close to Chicago, its proximity to Interstate 94 and a short hop to nearby St. Joseph, South Bend, Ind., and local attractions such as wineries.

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