Town Board: New York RV Park Plan Needs More Study
Traffic, noise and stormwater runoff were among the concerns raised by the Oakfield, N.Y., Town Board when reviewing a proposed recreational vehicle campsite that aims to put 267 campsites on a 31-acre parcel at 7060 Fox Road, The Daily News reported
After much deliberation, board members decided that since a proposed project could adversely affect the environment in the town, more information is needed.
“I’m really struggling with this,” said Carol Glor, board member, before giving a second to the motion that essentially declared that the project may have a negative impact on the environment.
“I just think we need to know a little more.”
Now, applicant Mike Dilcher must propose to the town board what further studies and information he is willing to provide. After he submits the information, the board — as lead agency on the project — has 60 days to compile what all other involved agencies would like included on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that will eventually be prepared by the applicant.
Dilcher has already been in front of the Genesee County Planning board several times. Most recently, the county board recommended the town of Oakfield reject his application for a special use permit for the campsite in October, citing a lack of traffic studies.
The issues that the town board felt need further study (with recommendation from town attorney Kevin Earl and engineer Brent Rosiek) included smoke odors from campfires and RV exhaust, traffic problems, noise levels and any changes in lighting.
Rosiek also mentioned that since the well design provided by Dilcher calls for 56 gallons per minute, further studies should look into what impact that could have on private wells on adjacent properties.
The septic tanks and sanitary pump stations are another area that will require further study, as Rosiek pointed out that the site plan locates both in an area that has potential annual flooding. Runoff water contamination could affect adjacent properties and the Oak Orchard Creek.
Runoff of storm water was the last item that called for more information because the site plan included the destruction of more than 14 acres of meadow and brush land to be replaced with lawn areas, gravel roads, and paths. The gravel pathways and roads were not described in the site plan as “impervious,” so storm water run off would be a concern.
Dilcher was not in attendance at the meeting to answer questions about his intentions moving forward with the project.