Fulton County

Proposed campground causing concerns

 
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MAYFIELD – Though it remains in its early stages, a proposed recreational vehicle park in Mayfield has drawn plenty of attention.

When the plans for the 300-lot, 83.4-acre Woods Hollow Campground were first discussed in March, it caught most residents of the road by surprise.

“I was very much surprised when I heard about the RV park,” Woods Hollow Road resident Annaliese Spilken said. “The land they want to do it on is right beside houses.”

The proposed RV park would be located on the north side of State Route 30, south of Woods Hollow Road.

“We just got the plans,” town of Mayfield Code Enforcement Officer Damon Curley said. “The applicants are going to have to go through a number of reviews before they get full approval.”

The project will involve the creation of RV lots, camp home lots, glamping and tents. There will be an amphitheater, restrooms/shower facilities, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a swimming pool, kayak/canoe rental, dock system, boat slips, boat launch and beach access.

Though full approval will require a lengthy process, some of those living on Woods Hollow Road want to make sure they have a voice in the proposed campground.

“It’s been frustrating. They’ve already cut down some of the forest,” resident Ryan Spilken said. “We have a lot of concerns about the environmental stress this project is going to cause.”

The stress on the environment is one of many concerns that some of the residents of Woods Hollow Road have in regards to the project.

Traffic concerns, the size and scope of the project and the impact on quality of life are among the others.

“We do have a good amount of traffic on our road due to Lakeside Tavern, especially in the summer months,” Woods Hollow Road resident Michelle Kaplan said.

The residences on the approximately 2-mile, dead-end Woods Hollow Road and the roads off of it are comprised of mainly year-round residences with some seasonal residences.

“Our road is made up of 90 percent full-year residents with a few seasonal camps,” Kaplan said. “It’s a pretty rural area. It’s just too big of a project for our road.”

She added that the group opposing the project has hired an attorney.

“The group has hired a lawyer. We just feel like need the legal expertise they have to offer. We just wanted to have our ducks in a row,” Kaplan said. “We feel fortunate to have found out about the project as early as we did.”
“I’m not opposed to economic development, but I want it done in a safe way,” Woods Hollow Road resident Christine Goosens said.

The park, which is being proposed by Lane Winney, was first discussed in a monthly activities report to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee in March.

At the meeting, county Planning Director Scott Henze said the large-concept campground was “kind of interesting” and “a pretty neat concept.”

Henze added that the principals for the project are working with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

Henze also said that given all the approvals necessary for the project from the state Department of Health, state Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Agency, and Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, construction on the project isn’t expected until spring 2022 at the earliest.

In addition, the project must also be approved by the town of Mayfield.

The project was discussed at last Wednesday’s town planning meeting.

“There were a lot of people at the meeting. There were a lot of people from Woods Hollow Road, Route 30 and Pedrick Road,” Goossens said.

“Before final approval, there will be a public hearing for the project,” Curley said.

The town of Mayfield planning board meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

“My hope is that the board really puts the safety of the community as the top priority of the project,” Goossens said.

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