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Swanzey Lake

Jana Blake surveys the land that is part of a proposed expansion of a camping area. Credit: Trisha Nail/Sentinel Staff

A proposed extension of the Swanzey (N.H.) Lake Camping Area has neighbors troubled by the volume of visitors and disruption to conservation efforts they say it could bring, according to The Keene Sentinel.

Developer Swanzey Lake Campground LLC has plans for a seasonal campground extension that would consist of 36 full-service campsites across the road from the existing camping area property at 88 East Shore Road, according to the agenda for the upcoming planning board meeting on Thursday (Jan. 26). The project would also include construction of a bathhouse and a maintenance building, the agenda states.

The project went before the planning board for the first time at the Dec. 8, 2022, meeting where developers requested a review of the site plan, according to draft minutes of the meeting. The request came almost four years after the town zoning board of adjustment granted the developer a special exception to build a campground on the land, which is zoned as a Rural/Agricultural District, draft minutes from Feb. 11, 2019, show.

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