Cabins and recreational vehicle hookups are in the latest expansion plans for Lake Compounce near Southington, Conn., located southwest of Harford.

The matter came before the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) Tuesday night (Sept. 4).

The PZC unanimously approved allowing the water park to use a portion of its 420 acres for a campground, saying it fit in with the property’s primary use. Tuesday night’s was the first in a long series of state and local approvals needed for the project, park General Manager Jerry Brick told the Record-Journal, Meriden.

“It’s going to be a year at least for approvals,” he said. “It’s a long process.”

Andrew Quirk, an engineer with Kratzert, Jones & Associates, said 30 acres will be set aside for camping. Thirty-four cabins and 94 RV hookups are planned. Each cabin will have a kitchenette, sink and microwave oven. The campsite will have a welcome center area with showers.

Quirk said more and more people want amenities when they camp.

“You can camp, but you still have all the luxuries you have in a hotel room,” he said.

Construction would take place over several years, starting with the sewer system, water lines and the welcome center.

Brick said it will be a multi-million-dollar project that will continue to build the park as a destination. Offering camping in addition to the water park could draw more people, Brick said.

“More and more people are coming from out of the state to the park,” he said. “We want it to be a complete package. … We want the park to be a destination.”

The commission will consider the site plan later this month.