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Oneonta Planning Board Set to Decide on Proposed Campground Development

The Oneonta Planning Board in New York will likely decide on May 20 on the future of Clapper’s Maple Ridge Ranch campground. Local farmers Fred and Dana Clapper propose developing a campground at 184 Lower Reservoir Road.

The Clappers have modified their initial plans by eliminating a planned swimming pool and adjusting the cabin construction schedule. Under the new plan, seven cabins are slated for construction on the property, with four cabins being built this year and three more to follow next year, according to an article published by The Daily Star on May 6. 

These structures are designed to accommodate four guests each but will forego in-built bathrooms. Instead, a bathhouse will be constructed to serve the cabins, providing a wash station.

Fred Clapper clarified that this design adjustment was necessitated by state health regulations. “When it has a bathroom in it, it’s no longer a camping cabin. It is short-term housing, so it completely changes the whole point,” he said.

Joseph Camarata, chairperson of the Planning Board, indicated that the decision was postponed to ensure Town Attorney Rob Panasci could attend the meeting, aiming to avoid legal concerns.

David Koehn, a neighbor who was vocal against the campground development, filed a legal challenge to a February ruling by the town Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). ZBA’s decision determined that a campground linked to an existing agricultural operation can constitute a single principal use of the property, thereby eliminating the need for a variance.

RV park owners and campground operators can derive essential insights from Clapper’s Maple Ridge Ranch’s experiences in managing regulatory compliance and adapting plans effectively. The Clappers revised their proposal, eliminating a swimming pool and reconfiguring their cabin layout to comply with regulations. This situation underscores the need for developers to be ready to adjust to local zoning laws and health regulations, which can affect a project’s proposal or approval.

Proactively addressing community concerns and integrating feedback into development plans can help RV park owners and campgrounds avoid expensive legal conflicts. Additionally, engaging with local stakeholders and clearly demonstrating the project’s benefits to the community can help reduce opposition and gain support for new developments.

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QuentinSail
QuentinSail
May 11, 2024 6:04 pm

Can you believe what’s going down with the Oneonta Planning Board and that campground development proposal? They’re diving into this game-changing environmental impact study that might flip the whole project’s future around! 🌿

Headlines95
Headlines95
May 11, 2024 7:23 pm

Did you know that besides the adjustments by Fred and Dana Clapper to meet health rules, they should also look into environmental impacts for the campground? Studying water, waste, and wildlife can make the project sustainable and loved by the community and nature.

Nancy Mitchell
Nancy Mitchell
May 11, 2024 11:59 pm
Reply to  Headlines95

It’s essential for Fred and Dana Clapper to consider health regulations and environmental impacts for a sustainable campground! How can we ensure the community and nature thrive together?

Laura Martin
Laura Martin
May 11, 2024 8:58 pm
Reply to  Headlines95

We must assess and mitigate environmental impacts for a sustainable campground. Let’s create a harmonious space for all to enjoy, considering health regulations and environmental implications.

Heath Cliff
Heath Cliff
May 12, 2024 12:34 am
Reply to  Laura Martin

It’s vital to consider water and waste management strategies for a sustainable campground. Let’s incorporate eco-friendly amenities and landscaping to enhance the natural surroundings. By the way, have you ever seen a squirrel trying to camp?

Headlines1237
Headlines1237
May 12, 2024 2:46 am

The Clappers are making changes to their campground plan to follow the rules. It would be cool if they chat with the locals to make sure everyone’s on board. Open communication can make their project even better. Let’s hope it all works out for them at the Planning Board meeting!

UriWoods
UriWoods
May 12, 2024 7:37 am
Reply to  Headlines1237

Building rapport with locals and utilizing eco-friendly materials can enhance the project. Excited to see how the community’s involvement will shape the development.

Emily Taylor
Emily Taylor
May 12, 2024 5:51 am

Doesn’t it sound exciting that Fred and Dana Clapper are not just tweaking their campground plans, but also going all out on eco-friendly measures? Their dedication to responsible development and environmental conservation is truly inspiring and sets a cool example for future campground projects. Great stuff, right?

Rebecca Morris
Rebecca Morris
May 12, 2024 7:05 am

The Planning Board’s decision on Clapper’s Maple Ridge Ranch is on the horizon. Staying compliant and adaptable is key for successful outcomes in Oneonta and beyond. Let’s navigate this journey together!

AmberFlare
AmberFlare
May 12, 2024 7:50 am

Fred and Dana Clapper’s approach to their campground project is truly inspiring. Their adaptability and dedication to engaging with the community and following regulations are great lessons for all of us in the development world. It’s all about flexibility and commitment. key ingredients for success!

laura_lives
laura_lives
May 12, 2024 12:14 pm

It’s crucial to adapt plans like the Clappers did, listen to the community, and communicate openly. Research zoning laws and health regs for a smoother development process.

vintageVic
vintageVic
May 13, 2024 1:59 pm
Reply to  laura_lives

We must adapt plans, engage with the community, and follow regulations for success. Remember, communication is key! Have you ever seen a development project go smoothly without good communication?

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