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Maine Campground Seeks Expansion

August 8, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Site map of the present layout at Coos Canyon Campground, Byron, Maine.

A public hearing on an application to expand the Coos Canyon Campground near Byron, Maine, is set for Wednesday (Aug. 10) at the Coos Canyon Schoolhouse, the Lewiston Sun Journal reported.

Testimony will be received on Roger and Judy Boucher’s plan to expand the campground, which is south of Coos Canyon on Route 17. The campground borders the Swift River and is situated across the river from several private landowners.

Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said Code Enforcement Officers John Gauthier of Hanover, Peter Farnsworth of Stratton and William Najpauer of Albion will conduct the meeting of Byron’s Planning Board.

The three officers have been involved in the application because of a suit filed by the Bouchers after the town’s ordinance apparently prohibited expansion of their campground.

The Bouchers could not be contacted for comment.

Simmons-Edmunds said plans are to expand the number of recreational vehicle sites from 39 to 60 and the number of tent sites from eight to 11.

She said the lawsuit went to mediation instead of to court. As a result, the neutral panel of code enforcement officers has been reviewing the application and will make a final decision on whether the campground expansion can proceed.

Simmons-Edmunds said the town also had to pay a $21,500 settlement, covered by municipal insurance, to the Bouchers.

The involved parties have been working with the code enforcement officers monthly since the beginning of 2011, Simmons-Edmunds said.

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