New York RV Park Rejected a Second Time
A group of residents in Oakfield, N.Y., got their wish Thursday (Oct. 14) when the Genesee County Planning Board voted against a proposed RV campground in their neighborhood, according to the Bavarian.
It’s the second time this year about a dozen residents of the quite Oakfield neighborhood asked the countywide planning body to reject proposed 30-acre campground on land owned by Mike Dilcher and the second time the board voted unanimously against the plan.
Dilcher’s attorney Brian Lewandowski tried to convince the board to vote for recommendation, saying that none of the issues being discussed by residents – such as zoning use and environmental impact – were not issues appropriate for the county board to decide, that the town of Oakfield planning board retains appropriate authority on those issues.
The board rejected the proposal for the 267-site campground unanimously with one abstension and without discussion.
It’s the same results dealt to Dilcher last January.
The rejection returns the proposal to the town of Oakfield planning board, which can veto the county’s recommendation with a majority-plus-one vote.
About six residents spoke Thursday night, raising issues about traffic congestion, safety, noise, odor, water and property values.
“I’m sorry to tell you, John, if this project goes through you won’t be able to sell your house,” said resident Bob Chamberlin. “Nobody on Fox Road will be able to sell their house.”
Chamberlin was referring to John Walther, a school teacher — as is his wife — who bought a large parcel on the south of the proposed campground just more than a year ago.
His property has a pond which won’t be fenced off from the campground and adjacent a proposed recreation area. Walther said he’s worried that children will be able to easily wander over to his pond.
“A berm or hill isn’t going to keep children away,” Walther said. “What’s that going to do to my liability, to my insurance?”
But his biggest concern, he said, is all the strangers the campground will be into the neighborhood. He said he bought his property specifically because he thought it would be a good place to raise the children he and his wife are planning. If the campground is built, he said, he would have to sell his property and move.
Among the many concerns raised by Diane Oaksford was the density of the proposed campground, which will have 15 sites per acre, she said. She compared that to other campgrounds in Genesee County, listing off the number of sites and acreage for each.
“The point is,” she said, “the applicant has proposed the most amount of camp sites on the fewest acres in the most populated residential neighborhood in the county.”
Lewandowski didn’t take issue with any of the complaints raise by residents, but said none of the issues could correctly be addressed by the county board. He asked the board to refer the matter back to the Oakfield board to handle.