Canterbury, N.H., could soon be home to a 265-acre campground – if the landowners can get past a group of critical abutters and secure the necessary town approvals, the Concord Monitor reported.
Linda and Ed Schmid want to build the Mourning Dove Camping & RV Resort on a parcel near the intersection of Route 106, also called Rocky Pond Road, and Harmony Lane. Aimed at seasonal campers from May to October, it would be built in phases and eventually have roughly 300 sites, mostly for RVs. The plan went before the Canterbury zoning board earlier this month and that hearing will continue in January. If approved, it will move to the town’s planning board.
Tim Bernier, a land-use consultant and licensed surveyor working on behalf of the Schmids, said the campground would be in the town’s best interest because it would add to the tax rolls and draw in more customers for local businesses. The Schmids echoed that sentiment in a phone interview, saying the site is ideal for a high-quality campground.
“We thought it would be a good fit,” Linda Schmid said. “We tried to match what our needs were and what we thought would be productive and helpful to the town.”
But about a dozen people who live nearby, some from Loudon and Gilmanton, told the zoning board they aren’t keen on a large campground imposing on their neighborhood.
The Schmids, who are now retired, formed Mourning Dove in 2012. They’ve hired a consultant with campground experience to help with their project and are envisioning a campground that is family oriented with on-site recreation, including 4 miles of hiking trails, a pavilion for activities, swimming pools and a water park for campers.
But according to draft meeting minutes, the abutters and other neighbors are concerned about if and how the campers will use Rocky Pond, beside which many of their homes sit. Others were concerned about traffic in and out of the campground and noise.
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