179 Sign Petition Against Campground Plan

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July 15, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Residents expressed deep concerns to the Plainfield Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night (July 14) about a proposal for a campground in a residential section of Moosup in eastern Connecticut. 

The comments came during the continuation of a public hearing on an application for a 30-acre, 133-site campground, according to the Norwich Bulletin. The hearing on the application opened June 9. 

The commission closed the public hearing on the application, but had not made a decision by late Tuesday. 

Plainfield regulations allow campgrounds in residential zones, though there are none now, Town Planner Lou Soja said. 

Road and traffic conditions were among the largest concerns of the more than 50 residents in Plainfield Town Hall Tuesday. 

Applicant Ernie Colello promised to widen Squaw Rock Road to 22 feet from Route 14 to the campground entrance, which would add as much as 4 feet to the width of the road in some spots. A traffic count showed traffic would increase by only 9% if the campground is approved. Still residents voiced extreme concerns about safety. 

"I think we need to keep in mind that if we continue to increase traffic on that road, someone is going to die," Squaw Rock Road resident Kevin Diaz said. 

Resident Lenny King presented a petition with 179 signatures opposing the proposed campground. 

Colello reminded residents that more businesses are needed in Plainfield, and some in the audience agreed. 

"They're campers; they shop local. They're going to bring a lot of revenue into town," said Josh Klein, owner of Altered Image Customs in Plainfield.

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