Saco River Camping Area

Saco River Camping Area

The Conway, N.H., Zoning Board tonight (Sept 16) will consider variance requests from the owners of Saco River Camping Area, who are planning improvements to the property, according to The Conway Daily Sun.

At the ZBA’s Aug. 19 session, project engineer Josh McAllister of HEB Engineers of North Conway, representing Adventure and Entertainment Properties LLC, owners of the Saco River Camping Area, said the project had received approvals in 2014 and 2018, but that minor modifications are being planned that require four special exceptions and four variances.

Following McAllister’s presentation, the board unanimously voted 4-0 — Chair John Colbath and board members Phyllis Sherman, Steve Steiner and Luigi Bartolomeo — that a variance be granted to allow for a concrete pavilion, pool, bathroom and a multi-purpose building (all ADA compliant), and associated concrete walkways within the Floodplain Conservation Overlay District.

McAllister said previous zoning approvals for the project was for 89 campsites, the installation of gravel drives, water, sewer and other utilities and roadways necessary to access those campsites, as well as getting a variance granted for a bathhouse facility that was 1,920 square feet, plus an additional 14,286 square feet of walkway, pavilion and pool concrete area.

He said as part of that approval, the owners also agreed to remove the existing pool and items associated with it.

He said after that zoning approval was completed, the company went forward with site-plan review, built the 89 campsites, built the maintenance building and all of the activities, driveways and utilities associated with the approvals granted with the exception of the bean-shaped pool and the bathhouse; those are the only portion of the construction that has ZBA approval that has not been completed.

McAllister said the campground is a commercial campground located within the Highway Commercial District at at 1550 White Mountain Highway in North Conway and the Floodplain Conservation Overlay District, adding that with the exception of the driveway coming down from Route 16, the property is entirely located within the floodplain.

The campground has 283 RV sites, 14 tent sites and 13 mixed-use sites, according to a campground spokesman.

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