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.
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.
On April 23, Westport Planning Board members said the permit was “approvable,” according to Saehrig. On June 26, they said, “Noise and trespassing have been brought to our attention by neighboring property owners and these issues should be addressed by the APA in issuing the permit.”
In all, there were eight letters voicing concerns regarding the existing onsite wastewater treatment system, local approvals, overall intensity guidelines, noise, dust odor, trespassing, lake access, the cultural resource evaluation process and the number of proposed recreational vehicle sites.
There were also 13 letters of support for the project, describing the positive assets of the campground. The applicant submitted two letters responding to the concerns raised by nearby landowners.
After looking at those concerns, the APA staff recommended approving the permit with conditions.
Staff consulted the town of Westport and state Department of Health regarding wastewater concerns. The campground’s potable water is served by Westport’s municipal water system.
“The proposed would not overload that system,” Saehrig said.
APA staff could find no problems with noise at the campground.
“We have a number of letters saying that this campground is one of the quietest campgrounds,” Saehrig said, adding that most of the people who stay there are retirees. “We don’t believe that these people cause a lot of noise at the campground.”
Twenty-seven of the 40 sites are currently occupied by campers who stay at the campground all season.
“Yes, some of the campers are seasonal and renew on an annual basis,” Saehrig said.
The Barber Homestead Park is located on the Barber Homestead Century Farm. The property was settled by the Barbers in 1785 and continues to be owned by the Barber family. For more information about the campground, visit online at www.barberhomesteadpark.com.