Stipulations Sour Michigan RV Park Developer's Plan

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September 9, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Despite getting approval from the Blackman Township Board in Jackson, Mich., Stacie Cecil is unsure if she will move forward with plans to open a campground because of the conditions attached to the plans.

The proposed campground would have 50 sites for recreational vehicles and 50 sites for tents on about 180 acres, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

The board, acting on a recommendation from the planning commission, approved a conditional-use permit Tuesday on a 4-3 vote.

"I think it is great I got a 4-3 vote, but I don't think it is great with all the stipulations," Cecil said.

The property, which formerly served as a limestone quarry, is zoned agricultural, and a campground is a conditional use.

The commission recommended approval with several conditions, such as only allowing the grounds to be open from April 1 to Oct. 30, not allowing recreational vehicles on site year-round and installing a 6-foot fence around the campground.

More than 20 neighbors who oppose the project attended the meeting. Bob Waters said the campground would not fit in with the rest of the neighborhood.

Cecil, who lives near the site, said neighbors oppose it because they use the area for fishing and hunting.

Before moving forward, Cecil must get clearance from state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality.

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