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Neighborhood does not want RV park

Residents turn out in large numbers to oppose Mark Varin’s proposal

Residents stood near the property proposed to house an RV park in a residential neighborhood to show their united opposition to the project.

Residents stood near the property proposed to house an RV park in a residential neighborhood to show their united opposition to the project. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— Town of Plattsburgh residents don’t want drunks wandering onto their property.

They’re worried about being robbed by strangers, they don’t want loud parties at all hours of the night, pollution turns them off, dangerous traffic situations are unwanted, they disapprove of littering, and they don’t need the values of their homes to plummet.

And that, according to more than 125 people, is why they don’t want an RV — recreational vehicle — park plopped in the middle of their residential neighborhood.

“This project impacts me,” said Paul Cole. “We are 500 feet from the proposed RV camp that they are trying to put in a residential area.

“I think it will change the face of our neighborhood forever.”

Mark Varin is seeking a use variance to construct a 32-unit RV park campground on 4.5 acres of an 83-acre piece of property at 1733-1739 Route 3, in a residential district in the Town of Plattsburgh.

Part of the property once hosted a trailer park, which was closed by its owners in 2007 under pressure from the Health Department.

Varin does not own the property, though he does have a contract that includes purchasing it if he is approved to develop his proposal.

The RV Park would incorporate town water with a septic system constructed on site.

The project has not been approved yet, and part of that process would entail an environmental review and the issuance of a use variance, since the property is only zoned for residential use.

At a recent Plattsburgh Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, Varin’s attorney, Tom Murnane, said his client is concerned about how the park would be operated and maintained. As a result, Murnane said, Varin drafted rules for the camp, which is being touted as an upscale RV park.

“This will be an RV park,” Murnane said. “It will not be a campground. It is not for tents or that kind of thing.”

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