Neighbors Oppose Connecticut Campground
An application for a 30-acre, 134-site campground in a residential area of Moosup, Conn., has many residents concerned about the future of their neighborhood.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is conducting a public hearing process for the application on Squaw Rock Road across from Walas Road. It opened the hearing June 9 and will continue it on July 14. The Inland Wetlands Commission approved the application in May, according to the Norwich Bulletin.
Plainfield regulations allow campgrounds in residential zones, though there are none now, Town Planner Lou Soja said.
Lenny and Joyce King of Squaw Rock Road said about 40 residents attended the June 9 public hearing. They raised concerns about whether the road, which is narrow, winding, has a large hill and several blind spots, can handle the increased traffic and use by camping trailers.
"Nobody in their right mind would think two RVs can fit there," Joyce King said.
John Peterson of Squaw Rock Road said traffic is one of his top concerns, especially because people headed to the campground may be driving larger vehicles on what he said is an already dangerous road.
"If a guy breaks down with a camper and someone comes over the hill going too fast, they're going to get nailed," Peterson said. "It's going to cause a lot of accidents."
Soja said the commission recommended the applicant take a traffic count and get a professional appraiser to determine the impact on housing values a camp might have.
"I think we all agreed that RV use of Squaw Rock Road may not be adequate and some work may need to be done," Soja said.
Soja said if it is determined that work, such as widening or grading, needed to be done to the road, it would be done at the applicant's expense.
Peterson said he also is concerned about the impact the campground will have on wells in the neighborhood. It is proposing to use a well with a 10,000-gallon holding tank.
The Kings said they have lived in their home for 41 years, but have discussed selling if the campground is approved out of concern that their property value would drop dramatically.
"It's a way-of-life change for us," Lenny King said. "It would be pretty dramatic if we had to sell our house."