John Goetz

John Goetz (right) speaks during Monday’s Gardner Plan Commission meeting about his proposal to operate an RV park in the town. Photo by Kevin Boneske.

A proposal to locate a seasonal RV park in the 3400 block of County CC, where a mobile-home park used to be located, was unanimously recommended for denial Monday by the Gardner (Wis.) Plan Commission, according to the Door County Pulse.

Neighbors of the proposed Goetz RV Park were among those filling the Gardner Town Hall to voice their opposition to the project, which would be a division of Goetz’s Resort.

Prior to the commission meeting, neighbors of the property were sent the plans that the town received from the Goetz family. The site has electric, sewer and water service with 18 slabs; was approved for up to 22 units by the County of Door; and includes an on-site sewage system for all of the units, according to the submitted project plans.

To convert the site for RV use, the proposal calls for widening the driveways to a minimum of 35 feet to accommodate long RVs, planting a buffer strip of trees between the RV units and County CC, upgrading the water hookups to be able to connect with RVs and changing the electric system to accept RV plug-ins.

John Goetz appeared at the meeting to speak on behalf of the RV park with Mark Stevenson, who said he would be helping Goetz with the project.

Goetz – who acknowledged past problems with the mobile-home park, where Door County Sheriff’s deputies responded to complaints on multiple occasions before it closed – said the RV park would be “a lot different than what the trailer park was,” with a “different type of people coming in.”

“I’m going to make it better,” he said. “I won’t let it get the way the trailer park was. I won’t make it anywhere near that.”

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