STREETSBORO _ The city's Planning Commission Tuesday voted against issuing a conditional use permit for the proposed River's Edge campground on Price Road.
"I'm just tickled pink with it," Price Road resident Larry Heeter Sr. said of the vote. Heeter and other concerned residents have been getting petitions signed and organizing opposition to the campground.
They contend it would cause an unwelcome influx of up to 600 campers into their quiet neighborhood, more traffic, more noise, trespassing on their property, decreased property value and possible pollution to the Cuyahoga River.
Robert Danner of Mantua and Michael Bezzeg of Michigan bought the 66.5 acres of land with two lakes on Price Road last year and sought a conditional use permit to build the campground. They proposed 88 trailer sites, tent camping, non-motorized boating, swimming, fishing and other recreational activities. Danner said he wanted to create a recreational area that was available to Streetsboro, Mantua and Shalersville, and make a place where kids and families could go.
Planning Commission members questioned Danner about pollution to the Cuyahoga River from a canoe livery, waste water treatment at the campground, year-round storage of recreational vehicles or trailers, fencing-off one side of the property, available camping space, safety issues and campground rules. Danner addressed each concern, and said he would abide by state guidelines.
Commissioner Jim Speers was most concerned with safety issues.
"Health and safety wise, you've got a big problem out there." he said.
Speers said he is worried about the steep slope of the land around the lakes and the possibility of children on tricycles or in strollers ending up in the water.
Danner told Speers he plans to terrace that area, solving any of his concerns.
Danner's answers were not enough however, because the conditional use permit was voted down 6 to 1, with Eddie Dengg giving the only yes vote.
Dengg tried to compromise before the vote and attached a series of conditions to the conditional use permit. Some of the conditions addressed concerns of residents and committee members.
Danner said he will take the issue to court.