Large RV Park Project Hits Wall After Losing Appeal (1/23/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) has upheld an appeal by a group of rural residents in Cape Breton opposing an RV park proposed for their community, according to CBC News.

Chris Skidmore, a Calgary developer, wants to build a park in Big Pond on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lake to accommodate up to 511 RVs and 64 tents.

People living near the site raised concerns about noise, traffic, dust and environmental impacts.

Last spring, councilors in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality narrowly approved a rezoning to allow the first phase, which consisted of more than 200 RV spaces, to proceed.

A group of residents appealed that decision to the UARB, which held public hearings over several days last July and September.

In a written decision issued Tuesday (Jan. 22), the board said the zoning approved by council would offer "no protection whatsoever" against noise or "visual compatibility" for several properties nearby.

The decision goes on to say that given the higher elevation of the campground, residents living below would be able to see "most, if not all" of what happens on the campground.

It's not clear what happens now with the RV park proposal or whether the CBRM or the developer will appeal the ruling.

An official with CBRM said the planning and legal departments are reviewing the 94-page decision.

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