Tom Goelz and Mike Parent are waiting for traffic and engineering studies on their proposal to develop the old Leathem Smith quarry on Bayshore Drive in Door County, Wisc., into a subdivision before filing a conditional use application with the county, according to doorcountypulse.com.
“It’s so important to have the conditional use permit correct,” Parent said. “Everything is based on facts and objective information as opposed to subjective information.”
Their proposal for what they’re calling the Quarry Bluff Development is for what they describe as a subdivision for motorcoach enthusiasts. The word “campground” has been used for the project, but the developers say that is simply the land-use category that works for the development they have in mind.
“In this case, we would have detached, single-family homes with a pad in the yard in which you can park a motor coach,” Goelz said. “The only reason we had to use the campground usage category, which has gotten everybody so stirred up, it’s the only way someone could occupy their motor coach for more than 30 days a year.”
“That’s the only term that fits what we want to do there,” Parent said. “We’re looking at it more as a subdivision for motor-coach enthusiasts who want to park it on their property and use it. It’s not a traditional campground. It’s a single-family, residential home with somebody who owns a million-dollar motor home.”
They point out that there will be no tents, trailers, wood campfires or the amenities and activities that are typically associated with a traditional campground. The project will cater only to Class A motor coaches. A Class A motorcoach, by definition, is a motorhome constructed with a heavy-duty tour-bus frame.
They say there is a demand for this type of development, especially in Door County, which currently under serves Class A motorcoach clientele.
They also note that both the Town of Sevastopol and Door County have ratified the zoning of the property as recreational commercial, which allows for the type of development they are proposing.
“For over 40 years, it’s been zoned recreation, and with the boat launch and all that public access [across Bayshore Drive at George Pinney County Park], it’s a great fit,” Parent said.
“Not everybody agrees, apparently,” Goelz said, referring to the opposition that has grown around the development. “Anytime you build something, it’s in somebody’s backyard, and, generally, they’re never happy about it.”
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