Green Valley campground, RV park planned

A diagram from a South Glengarry council agenda shows the subject property where a campground with cabins and space for tents, trailers and RVs is proposed, just west of Green Valley, Ont. South Glengarry council will consider the rezoning at its meeting on Monday, March 21, 2022. (South Glengarry via Newswatch Group)

LANCASTER/GREEN VALLEY – A South Glengarry landowner plans to build a campground with cabins and space for trailers and RVs just outside Green Valley.

South Glengarry council will consider the rezoning for the 39 acres (16 hectares) of rural land just west of the Green Valley settlement area (20263 County Road 25) at its meeting Monday.

The rezoning would change the land from “rural” to “rural exception eighteen” to permit a tourism focused campground and would include “cabins for alternative accommodations.”

A report to council shows developer Christopher Truelove plans to build the campground in two phases with the first being tents, trailers and RVs and cabins for overnight accommodations. A possible second phase at the north end of the property, closest to the Canadian Pacific Railway line, would be more camping lots though the report says that land is “forested with some swampy/wet areas.”

“The proposed campground will build upon rural character and is a permitted recreation use. It will be compatible development with the rural landscape, it can be sustained by rural service levels and is appropriate for the available infrastructure due to the lot size and location,” South Glengarry Planner Joanne Haley writes in a report to council.

The campsite would also have a septic bed for washrooms and a splash pad, according to a proposed concept plan drawing.

The idea has already gone through a public meeting process and only one person took part – the next door neighbour who objected to it saying it would impact trees, wildlife, “natural heritage systems” and the settlement area.

If the zoning is approved at Monday night’s council meeting, it will have a holding provision in order for the developer to meet requirements of the United Counties of SD&G (because it’s on a county road) and the Raisin Region Conservation Area.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday.