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Credit: LARRY PARNASS — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE

A Hinsdale, Mass., board could decide Tuesday (Dec. 14) whether Camp Emerson will become part of a national chain of RV parks. If the answer is no, Northgate Resort Ventures LLC, like any applicant, has the right to appeal — and has exercised that option before, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

During public comments Nov. 30 before the Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals, one speaker noted the litigation Northgate brought in New Hampshire, when the town of Milton rejected the company’s request, through an affiliated LLC, for a special exception to expand an existing RV park from 223 sites to 396 sites on Northeast Pond near the Maine border.

The town of Milton, N.H., eventually determined the project would pose hazards to drivers and pedestrians.

Concerns about traffic safety have been raised in Hinsdale as well, both in comments at public meetings this year and in the 422 pages of letters filed by opponents of the Hinsdale project.

A Northgate spokeswoman did not respond Monday to a request for comment on the company’s history of challenging local zoning decisions.

After losing its bid for a special exception in the New Hampshire town, Three Ponds Resort LLC, which operates the Milton, N.H., site, appealed to the Carroll County Superior Court, which upheld the town’s decision. Three Ponds Resort then took its case to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The company had purchased the Milton camp in March 2017, a year before proposing the expansion.

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