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Sylvan Beach RV Park Plan to Get Aug. 22 Hearing

July 26, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Many residents in Sylvan Beach, N.Y., remain adamantly opposed to a proposed RV Park as the village planning board awaits further engineering details before making a determination.

DJTB Properties’ Dave Keshler, owner of Blue Lagoon Miniature Golf Course, resubmitted an application in April proposing a 59-site RV park on Main Street. During a June meeting attended by Keshler‘s attorney, Mark Levitz, and engineer, Joel Plumley, the planning board requested more detailed plans for handling issues raised by both the village and area residents, including storm water drainage, traffic, and privacy, The Oneida Daily Dispatch reported.

Dealing with these concerns will play a large role in the site plan review process, said Chairman Bob Cheesman, along with consideration of how the project fits in with the village’s comprehensive plan, compliance with all aspects of zoning code, and public input.

Although the planning board anticipated submission of more detailed plans for consideration prior to the July 25 meeting, Cheesman said he has received correspondence requesting an additional 30 days to complete the plans. The issue will be included on the Aug. 22 meeting agenda.

Promises to address issues of concern have done little to allay the fears of residents. Cheesman has acknowledged that although the planning board fully understands the public’s position, the site is zoned for the purpose proposed.

“We’re in a tough position,” said planning board member Nora Kelly. “Either way someone is going to be unhappy.”

Echoing Kelly’s remark, planning board member Ed Lowenstein added that the board will need to “put personalities aside” and base its decision on the fulfillment of legal criteria.

The controversy surrounding the proposal has been ongoing for more than a year, with neighbors expressing outrage over the possibility of an RV park in their neighborhood. Keshler’s original application for a special use permit was denied by the planning board in May 2010 based on the erroneous citation of an old local law that prohibited RVs and campgrounds outside a designated area.

Keshler challenged the decision, filing an Article 78 petition citing an amendment to that local law adopted in February 2009 that indicates that campgrounds are permissible in the zoning district in which the site is located with issuance of a special use permit. As a result, Keshler was able to resubmit the application.

Last fall Keshler approached the village about the possibility of constructing housing on the site. Although subsequent discussions were held, no application for housing has been submitted, according to Cheesman.

Once a recommendation is made by the planning board, the RV park proposal will be considered by the zoning board of appeals, and finally the village board.

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