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Conneaut Lake Park

An RV park is being proposed at the Conneaut Lake Park. Credit: Shannon Roae/Tribune

Conneaut Lake Park has been granted a special exception to convert the amusement park property into a family RV park, but not a variance on a 70-foot setback requirement for RV parks, according to The Meadville Tribune.

The Summit Township (Pa.) Zoning Hearing Board voted 5-0 Wednesday (Oct. 19) night to grant Keldon Holdings LLC, which owns Conneaut Lake Park, the special exception needed for the proposed family RV park.

The Conneaut Lake Park property is located in a B-1 business zone, which permits RV parks under Summit’s zoning code with township approval. RV parks are allowed within a B-1 business district by special exception granted by the zoning hearing board.

But, in a separate action, the board voted 5-0 to deny Keldon a variance from a 70-foot setback from perimeter property lines and public roadways that’s required for RV parks under Summit’s zoning code. A setback is the distance in which a building is prohibited.

“No comment,” Todd Joseph, Keldon’s owner, responded when asked by the Tribune following Wednesday night’s hearing if he might modify his proposal and reapply for the variance from the 70-foot setback.

Joseph wants to convert the bulk of the amusement park’s land into an RV park, adding 460 RV sites, related facilities and recreational activity sites to the park. Joseph said an RV park with amenities is needed to create residual income for the property.

Keldon’s preliminary master plan map shows 109 RV sites added to the park’s Camperland property, located west of Route 618, with as many as 360 new 2,000-square-foot cabin sites added east of Route 618 on the amusement park land.

A swimming pool with both a kiddie pool and splash pad would be added, plus a miniature golf course and the amusement park’s fabled carousel would be east of Route 618.

Though the 70-foot setback variance was denied, Keldon can reapply, said Coletta Reitinger, chair of the Summit Township Zoning Hearing Board.

“The (preliminary) plan wasn’t defined enough that we could make a true decision on that,” Reitinger said of the reason for the variance denial.

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