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Northgate Re-tries To Get Massachusetts RV Park Approved

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Northgate Resort Ventures LLC, a company that hopes to turn a Hinsdale summer camp into a destination for RV owners, will try again to win approval, but from a different town board, a report said.

The town is already building its team of experts to examine what the company has in store for Camp Emerson.

Hinsdale has hired DPC Engineering LLC to examine Northgate’s plans for managing the property’s water- and sewer needs. Innovative Data LLC will examine how traffic would be affected by the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park business. It has 317 RV parking spaces.

Northgate spokeswoman said that the company would submit a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals this week. It applied for a special permit through the Select Board in June. The Board then referred it to the Planning Board for comment and review. A Northgate consultant told a gathering July 28 he believed the company’s plan for the property was in keeping with its use by the Lein family over the last half-century.

Northgate will need to present a new case to the ZBA. This is not to show that the venture conforms to current zoning but to argue that it should be allowed regardless of what’s permitted.

The Camp Emerson sale is contingent on Northgate winning approval from the town. Northgate was involved in the proposal to create a campground that could accommodate over 300 RVs. The company in thirteen states operates nearly two dozen parks.

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