After concerns from multiple residents, as well as calls for a more comprehensive plan from town officials, Beaver Brook Golf Course (Massachusetts) owners on Tuesday night withdrew their proposal to open an up to 50-site campground on their property.
According to a report, Chris Duval, who owns the 183 Main Road golf course with his wife Rosana, said he’ll reconsider the plans and may resubmit the request for a special permit to the Zoning Board of Appeals in the future.
The decision to revoke the proposal was made following a public hearing, which took more than an hour and drew over 60 participants who raised concerns about the project due to various reasons.
Before the public comment period, Chris Duval submitted a new map of where the campsites would be, which significantly moved the tent area away from Solar Circle, which the tents had been near in the initial application. This raised concern with some residents before the meeting.
“The only residence this is going to affect is my own,” Duval said.
Duval, who made the request along with his wife, under the name Equinox Partners LLC, said that he thought the property would be able to accommodate 40 or more sites in Williamsburg and could need to expand into the Northampton portion of the property to reach 50.
“I may only put 30,” he said.
The project attracted a lot of opposition in the days leading to the Tuesday hearing, and there were nearly 300 people signing online and paper petitions to oppose the project.
After the public comment period, the ZBA acknowledged that the proposal was not sufficiently detailed.
“We cannot fully consider, really, what it is you’re suggesting until we have a detailed site plan,” ZBA member Michelle Gallagher said.
In the end, Chris Duval chose to withdraw his application with no prejudice. When asked what his next steps are, Duval said he does not know if he’ll make another application.
“This could end up costing way more than what we anticipate,” he said.
This story originally appeared on Daily Hampshire Gazette.