Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Town's stance on RV parks and campgrounds questioned

An ordinance to prohibit new campgrounds in Belmont, New Hampshire, had some residents wondering if the planning board was trying to kill tourism in the area.

The proposed ordinance create definitions for a campground, recreational vehicle resorts, and campsites, adopt minimum design and operational standards for existing campgrounds, and prohibit new campgrounds in the area.

Planning Board Chair Peter Harris told the small audience that recent history had shown that more and more people are using campgrounds as full-time residences and that, without the ordinance, there could be a significant impact on safety services such as fire and ambulance.

However, some residents had objections to the idea of prohibiting camping parks altogether, fearing that it would affect tourism.

Resident Mark Mooney got into a shouting match with the planning board over the regulations, saying it was "unbelievable" that the board would consider prohibiting further campgrounds from coming into town, with the main revenue there from the tourist industry.
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