Community members pack in to discuss a proposed RV campground outside Jacksonport, Wisc.

Supporters and opponents of a proposed campground filled the Jacksonport, Wisc., Town Hall Monday (March 5) night as the town board considered continuing support of the project.

An estimated 80 people occupied every available seat when the meeting started. A few left after speaking up during the three-hour session, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Cheri and Cary Lauritzen have proposed developing the 130 site campground at the intersection of Bagnall Road and State 57. Cheri Lauritzen said the campground would be on property that has been in her family for generations.

The Jacksonport Planning Commission first considered the plan in late 2016; eventually approving the request for a conditional use permit needed to develop the property. The town board also endorsed the campground.

In January 2018, the Door County Resource Planning Committee — with oversight of zoning issues — gave its go-ahead for issuing the needed permit.

However, opponents to the campground have filed an objection to the planning group’s decision. It will be heard by the Door County Zoning Board of Appeals, but a specific date hasn’t been set.

At Monday’s meeting, opponents called the campground a trailer park which would result in traffic problems, environmental harm and lowered property values. Estimating 600 people could occupy the campground at one time.

Several opponents focused on the septic system designed by Sturgeon Bay’s Baudhuin, Inc, calling the chemicals used in the 2,500-gallon septic tank “extremely dangerous.”

One man objected to smoke from 130 campfires and the potential for a fire spreading.

Several said RVs attempting turning left off 57 would cause a backup in the northbound lane of the state road and would result in traffic accidents as the large vehicle was negotiating a greater-than 90-degree turn.

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