Luxury camping development off table

Contributed by Dreamtown.comUnder Canvas’ South Dakota location, near Mount Rushmore

HUNTER — The application for a controversial luxury camping, or “glamping,” development in Elka Park has been withdrawn, Planning Board Chairwoman Sarah Basagic confirmed Wednesday.

Submitted by Under Canvas, a company that specializes in luxury camping nationwide, the project included 100 camping sites on 56 acres, Basagic said. The campground was proposed to operate from May to October.

Some larger suite tents would have private bathrooms, while smaller tents would have access to communal restroom and shower facilities. Other proposed amenities included communal fire pits, barbecue areas, hiking trails and volleyball court.

No residents attended Tuesday’s public hearing, Basagic said, because Under Canvas had withdrawn its application Dec. 11.

“They are rolling out nine other glamping sites this year,” Basagic said. “We did not make the cut.”

Under Canvas will focus on other projects instead, according to a statement from the company.

“While the Hudson Valley region presents an attractive location for Under Canvas and an opportunity to get people outside together, at this time, we are withdrawing our application as we focus on other developments,” according to Under Canvas. “For travelers based in the Northeast, we have our sights set on Acadia, Maine, in 2020.”

Legislator Larry Gardner, D-Hunter, said he received a number of phone calls from residents about the project.

“I know that there were members of the community that were concerned about it and its impact on the neighborhood,” Gardner said.

Any potential impacts of the project did not come to fruition, Gardner said.

“It never really came to a head because they decided to withdraw,” he said. “They made a business decision that their resources would be better spent somewhere else.”

Caitlan Cullen, Under Canvas’s manager of real estate, said she believed the residents’ concerns would have been addressed had the planning board’s review continued.

“We appreciate the candor and scrutiny with which that project has been reviewed and are confident that the comments raised by neighbors during the review process could be addressed to ensure a successful project for the community at large,” Cullen wrote to Basagic on Dec. 11. “Should we return to the town of Hunter at a future date, we look forward to addressing the comments and questions raised.”

Under Canvas has locations near national state parks across the country including the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, Glacier in Montana, Yellowstone in Wyoming, Grand Canyon and Tucson in Arizona and Zion and Moab in Utah.

Other up-and-coming locations include Yosemite, Sonoma, Catalina Island and Joshua Tree.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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