Leelanau Township residents are divided by a proposed campground and RV park, a report suggests.
The site proposed is located at the former Timber Shores Campground, off M-22 near Northport.
It covers a total area of 214 acres. The campground is planned on 80 acres.
The plan of the developer includes 319 RV sites and 15 tent sites. There are also 17 park models, staff housing, and parking areas included.
Thursday’s Leelanau Township Planning Commission meeting reviewed and updated the township’s RV Park and campground ordinance.
Leelanau Township Zoning administrator stated that the application for a special permit for camping was received in 2020 but was not completed.
The Planning Commission returned the application to the developer for any updates.
The township board set aside March as a moratorium to review its campground and RV park ordinances to address any concerns.
Steve Patmore, Leelanau Township Zoning administrator, stated that many people support the campground, and others are concerned about its size, scope, and impact on the community.
“They are proposing 350 campsites, which is a lot for our township. It did raise concerns about noise pollution,” he said.
The board was sued by the developer of the project, challenging the legality and validity of the moratorium.
Patmore stated that the lawsuit is still pending and that the commission will continue to work on the ordinance.