Town Delays Decision on RV Park Expansion
The board of selectmen in Berkeley, Mass., has delayed a decision on whether to OK a request for a special permit to develop a 75-site campground on the 47-acre Shores Neck Island.
Shores Neck Island is currently home to one residence owned by Deborah Robbins of Assonet — the former owner of Bayview Cafe who is requesting the special permit, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported.
Under the proposal, the 47-acre island would be home to the 75-site campground consisting of three bathhouses, three swimming pools, tennis courts, a playground, a boat dock, about 10 cabins and spaces for tents and RVs.
The multi-family house would consist of four, two-bedroom units, which would be occupied by Robbins and members of her family, she said.
“This is much smaller than many campgrounds: 75 sites on 47 acres is not very dense at all,” said Deborah Pettey, Robbins’ attorney.
“It is really done to preserve the beauty of the island,” she added.
Robbins described the proposal, which is still in its earliest design phases, as small but “high-end.”
The campground would be open from April to November and would likely offer weekly, monthly and seasonal rentals.
About seven residents attended the public hearing, raising concerns about well water supplies, public safety, access to and from the site, vandalism and more. The selectmen also echoed many of the residents concerns.
The selectmen also discussed whether the project could be approved under a special permit or if it would require a zoning change, as the area is currently zoned residential.
The selectmen ultimately decided to continue the hearing without making a decision on the special permit in order to seek the advice of town counsel.