Neighbor Says Why She Opposes RV Park Plan

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April 22, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Editor's Note: Susan McCormack, a resident of Sylvan Beach, N.Y., wrote this letter to the editor in opposition to a plan to develop an RV park in her community. The letter was published by the Oneida Dispatch.

To The Editor:

I love Sylvan Beach and have since I was a “beach kid” in the 1950s and 1960s spending summers at my grandfather’s camp on Main Street. In the last few years there have been a great many improvements at the beach, which have made it a nicer place to visit and reside. The development of new homes in the St. Charles Place/Park Avenue area, renovation of existing homes and the proposed residential development in the Blue Lagoon area were some of the reasons why my husband and I decided to purchase a second home on Main Street.

However, the current plan for the Blue Lagoon property to be an RV campground is not setting too well with us due to the proposed location. Sylvan Beach is attempting to return to “the Golden Years” with the village comprehensive plan, but I don’t see how an RV campground in the center of town would do anything to enhance the neighborhood for which it is being planned.

The comprehensive plan specifically stipulates that development in these residential areas along Main Street should “consider existing residential landscapes and encourage an atmosphere desired by potential home-buyers. Following appropriate design standards will protect these areas from inappropriate encroachments.” There would be very few people who would choose to buy, renovate, or build in an area impacted by the introduction of an estimated additional 300 people in such a relatively small area.

The community character of this residential neighborhood is not oriented toward tourist day-use of the beach as evidenced by the lack of public parking in the area. The influx of this many additional people would overrun the neighborhood with traffic, noise, and other nuisances on their way to and from the beach between 15th and 18th avenues.

Additionally, the traffic on busy summer weekends is already at times tied up past 26th Avenue. coming into the beach from the north end. Large recreational vehicles waiting for traffic while trying to make the turn onto 16th Avenue. would have a negative impact on an already existing traffic problem.

This campground requires a special use permit in order to operate. There is a public hearing scheduled for May 11. It would be very helpful for the decision makers to hear intelligent input from the residents and property owners who would be affected by this change before the decision is made whether or not to issue the permit. Please plan to attend the meeting.

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