BROCTON – A campground to serve local scouts and veterans groups is finally under construction on Woleban Road in Brocton.
Jerry Speelburg outlined the project at a special meeting of the Portland Town Board Thursday, saying he wanted local leaders to be aware of all the steps that were required for his site plan review from the town Planning Board.
Supervisor Daniel Schrantz said he has supported the project from the beginning, but several steps are required for the permits.
Town Attorney Charles Loveland said the camp started as a residential plan and has evolved into a commercial enterprise.
Speelburg said he will be building five 24-by-24-foot cabins on a 70-acre wooded lot. He said the rustic cabins will be available for use this June. Along the way he has been asked to produce many drawings and provide information.
“At one point they wanted me to document every type of tree I cut down,” he said.
From start to finish, the site plan review and variances have taken him about two years.
Speelburg and his wife have owned the property for about 20 years. Two of their neighbors attended Thursday’s meeting to show their support. They said he keeps his property in good shape, and they believe the land is very scenic and suited for a campground.
Attorney Daniel Gard, who has represented the Speelburgs since the start of the project, promised the Town Board that Speelburg will be providing new drawings with the locations of the cabins.
The board also discussed hydraulic fracturing deep well drilling for natural gas. A group representing the League of Women Voters asked the board to consider a ban on drilling in the town and a ban on allowing the transportation of waste from drilling on town roads.
Board members also heard from local well drillers, including Ernest Rammelt, president of Chautauqua Energy, who said he does not believe there will be any deep well drilling in the county. He urged the board to carefully consider any action because there are current active wells and drilling operations that could be affected.
No action was taken on either matter.