Residents Unaware of Zoning Law That Allows Campgrounds

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August 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

More than a dozen residents and landowners of Sylvan Beach, N.Y., approached local officials on Monday (Aug. 15) during a regular board meeting, claiming the village failed to adequately communicate with the public prior to amending local zoning law in 2009 allowing campgrounds in an area previously zoned only for residential purposes, The Oneida Daily Dispatch reported.

At least one complaint pertained to residential zoning and how the owner of the property felt that the law “implied we had security, safety, and privacy in our backyard.”

Many residents say they had no idea that zoning law had been changed until the village board denied the proposal for an RV park between Main Street and 18th and 16th avenues based on the updated zoning law. That proposal is now being reviewed after it was resubmitted.

Although the planning board will consider numerous factors before rendering a decision, DJTB Properties’ RV park proposal cannot be denied due to zoning law, Planning Board Chairman Bob Cheesman has said, because the amendments made now allow campgrounds to be located on the proposed site.

The zoning law impacting the area was changed in February 2009 as part of the village’s comprehensive plan, which was a near decade long process.

“It wasn’t a rash decision made by the board,” said Mayor Rick Stewart, addressing residents. “It was a lengthy process that included a number of public hearings.”

Residents have continued to express concern for safety, privacy, as well as property values if the RV park is constructed.

As part of the site plan review process for the proposed RV park, the planning board has requested more detailed engineering reports pertaining to storm water drainage, traffic congestion, and potential privacy issues. Several extensions to prepare the presentation have been requested, but representatives for the project are tentatively scheduled to appear with more information during a planning board meeting on Aug. 22.

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