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APA approves Barber campground expansion in Westport

The annual Barber Homestead Park antique tractor show was held June 15-16 in Westport. Members of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a permit for the expansion of park.

The annual Barber Homestead Park antique tractor show was held June 15-16 in Westport. Members of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a permit for the expansion of park. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Members of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board of Commissioners Friday, Sept. 13 unanimously approved a permit for the expansion of the Barber Homestead Park campground in the town of Westport.

The 7-acre campground, located at 68 Barber Lane, is part of a 90-acre parcel owned by the Barber family. It is about 2 miles south of the hamlet of Westport and just north of Camp Dudley. While the property includes 800 feet of shoreline on Lake Champlain, the campground does not have frontage on the lake. Campers, however, are able to use the lake access for launching canoes and kayaks.

The Barber permit application, APA Project 2013-111, was discussed during the Regulatory Programs Committee meeting Thursday, Sept. 12 and unanimously passed by Committee members. APA Environmental Program Specialist Tom Saehrig gave a PowerPoint presentation about the project.

Barber Homestead Park, LLC first applied for a campground expansion permit through the town of Westport Planning Board. Members of that Board said the APA needed to address some concerns before issuing a permit, according to Saehrig. The property is located within a Rural Use designation, yellow on the multi-colored APA zoning map.

There are currently 40 campsites at the Barber Homestead Campground, and the expansion allows for an additional 14 sites — seven drive-in, drive-out sites and seven pull-in, pull-out sites.

“What does that mean?” Commissioner Arthur Lussi asked Saehrig about the drive-in, drive-out sites.

“It’s a different style of campsite, but it’s 14 in total,” Saehrig said, adding that drive-in, drive-out sites are for larger RVs.

The APA had first issued a permit for the campground in 1993, and it was one of the first RV campgrounds in the Adirondack Park. During his presentation, Saehrig showed maps and images of the property, plus photos of current campsites, Barber Lane, which was recently paved, and vegetation screening of the campground from the road.

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