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Ovid Town Board Evaluates Proposed One-Year Campground Development Moratorium

The Town of Ovid in New York proposed a one-year moratorium on the development of new expanded campgrounds, according to a Finger Lake Times local report. This proposal is in response to the potential redevelopment of two properties: the former Boy Scout Camp Babcock-Hovey and the vacant Willard Psychiatric Center. 

The town raised concerns about the impact on the community’s infrastructure and character. The Ovid Town Board introduced a local law to enforce this moratorium, with a public hearing scheduled for April 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Papa Bear courthouse. Information about the proposed law is available to the public at the Town Clerk’s Office and will be posted on the town’s website five days before the hearing.

Town Supervisor Joseph Borst, in an interview with Finger Lake Times, explained that the purpose and intent of the proposed law are clearly outlined, emphasizing the need for consideration and planning before allowing further campground development.

The moratorium is seen as a necessary step to allow for a thorough review and adjustment of the town’s planning documents and regulations. The board encouraged public participation in the hearing by submitting comments.

Nestled in the heart of Seneca County, the Town of Ovid, which encompasses the Village of Ovid, is strategically positioned between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake, the two largest Finger Lakes. This unique location offers recreational opportunities, particularly for water enthusiasts.

Additionally, the law aims to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Ovid’s residents by allowing the town time to assess and potentially amend its comprehensive plan in light of these proposed developments.

The law’s introduction follows the town’s adoption of a comprehensive plan in 2018, which did not anticipate the current proposals for large-scale redevelopment. The specific mention of Camp Babcock-Hovey and the Willard campus highlights the significant size and potential impact of these developments on the town.

Near the town, Cayuga Lake, in particular, is a hub for boating and leisure activities, with several state parks and boat launch facilities enhancing the experience. Cayuga Lake State Park, situated on the lake’s western shore near Seneca Falls, provides visitors with a variety of amenities, including boat launches, camping facilities, and playgrounds, making it an ideal spot for family outings.

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Hi, you might find this article from Modern Campground interesting: Ovid Town Board Evaluates Proposed One-Year Campground Development Moratorium! This is the link: https://moderncampground.com/usa/new-york/ovid-town-board-evaluates-proposed-one-year-campground-development-moratorium/