FoxWoods Campground

A 2015 photograph shows the Foxwoods Resort Casino RV parking lot. The tribal resort is seeking township approval to build a campground complex on land near its sprawling casino. (Image: Road Lens)

Plans for a controversial RV campground at the junction of routes 2 and 164 in Connecticut will dominate the agendas for the Inland Wetlands and Planning and Zoning commissions in January, according to The Day.

The plan by Blue Camp CT LLC, the company created by Maryland-based Blue Water Development Corp. for this project, calls for a resort recreational campground on three parcels totaling about 65 acres of land owned by the Mashantucket Tribal Nation. The land fronts on Route 2, and abuts Avery Pond, where the developer proposes to build a “safari tent” camping area, a floating dock and an elevated boardwalk for golf cart access to the shore campsites.

Blue Water Development has entered into a lease agreement with the Mashantuckets for the property that now consists of open fields, wetlands, brush and forested areas. The property had once been farmed, and later was used for a sand and gravel operation. A residential house and other buildings were torn down years ago.

The 304-unit project, called Bluewater Recreational Campground Resort at Avery Pond, is made up of 104 drive-thru RV sites, each with 2,424 square feet of space; 169 back-in RV sites, each with 2,223 square feet; four compact RV sites with 1,819 square feet, and 27 safari tent sites with a minimum 1,500 square feet. The proposed campground would be seasonal, running from about April 1 through Oct. 31.

In addition to the campsites, the project would have a 5,000-square-foot welcome center, three 1,560-square-foot bathhouses, a 1,640-square-foot pavilion, a 3,350-square-foot maintenance building, a 3,857-square-foot swimming pool, a 950-square-foot splash pad, a 1,800-square-foot volleyball court, a 5,033-square-foot playground, two 1,288-square-foot bocce areas, two 7,000-square-foot tennis courts, a 118-foot-long floating dock in Avery Pond and a 12-foot-wide golf cart boardwalk to the safari tent area in the northwest portion of the site.

Parking areas and a private road network through the property also are proposed.

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