Neighbors Fear Connecticut Campground Location

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August 10, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

A decision on a proposed 133-site campground in a residential area in the Moosup section of Plainfield, Conn., is expected to come from the Plainfield Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night (Aug. 11).

Residents expressed concern about the proposed 30-acre campground on Squaw Rock Road at commission public hearings on June 9 and July 14. The commission closed the public hearing July 14, according to the Norwich Bulletin.

Town planner Lou Soja said that, while the commission can postpone the decision to next month, he expected a ruling Tuesday on the application.

Soja said many of the applications the commission sees come and go without nearly as much fanfare, but some of the larger applications prompt the emotional response the campground application has received.

“It is a major operation and something that hasn’t been in Plainfield before,” Soja said. “And (residents) are imagining the worst.”

Town regulations allow for campgrounds in residential areas, though none exist, Soja said.

Residents Joyce and Lennie King, who live across the street from the proposed site, said they have many concerns about the significant changes the campground would bring, if approved.

The Kings said they are worried about the increased traffic, especially the introduction of large camping vehicles on the narrow road, and the decrease of their property value.

“It’s an emotional thing,” Lennie King said. “You live there all your life and it’s residential; that’s what you expect.”

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