Attend the Door County Resource Planning Committee hearing at 3:00 pm, February 20th
at the ADRC, 916 N 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI
The proposed RV Village is a 57.02-acre development along Bay Shore Drive for 117 RVs. There is the possibility and option of a small house on 115 of the lots. The site is on top of a quarry ledge in the Town of Sevastopol above George K. Pinney Park.
A conceptual plan of the project requires the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The proposed land uses are expected to be classified as “multiple occupancy development” and “campground.”
If you would like to contribute to stop the RV Village at the quarry, you can DONATE ONLINE or you may mail your donation to:
BSPOA Old Quarry
P.O. Box 556
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Any funds that may remain from this effort will be used to assist in protecting this property for the future.
The Bay Shore Property Owners Association is a nonstock not-for-profit Wisconsin Corporation but is not a designated 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is not tax-deductible.
Why Say No to the Quarry RV Village
- Protect the peacefulness of the area. The proposed development is of a scale, density and design that is completely out of harmony with the residential neighborhoods that surround it.
- Due to the porous limestone and open fractures of the karst of the Niagara Escarpment, the Leathem & Smith Quarry is highly susceptible to groundwater contamination. Studies have shown that the depth to bedrock is critical in protecting water quality. The effects of runoff, blasting, grinding, erosion, and stormwater drainage on top of the bedrock create significant concerns for protecting the healthy ecosystem of Door County.
- Blasting and the density of the project create safety issues for the air and water. There are concerns about the environmental impact of this large scale development built on a bedrock shelf of the Niagara Escarpment. The limestone walls and cliffs are primary characteristics of Door County. A dense development creates light pollution, eliminates wildlife and adds hundreds of vehicles to a quiet, residential area. A development this size has the potential to affect water quality.
- This is not the right location for a RV park in Door County. George K. Pinney Park has been called a “secret gem” and “diamond in the rough” for watching Door County sunsets.
- Large RVs hauling cars and boats create dangerous situations for people who use the road for silent sports and exercise. Bay Shore Drive is used by numerous bicyclists, runners and pedestrians. Pedestrians include people with dogs, wheelchairs and strollers. Imagine two RVs meeting a bicyclist.
- The Leathem & Smith Quarry has centuries of history in the quarrying, building and shipping industries of the Great Lakes. The stone was used to construct piers and harbors around Lake Michigan. It was used for breakwaters protecting the Great Lakes Seaway Navigation System.
- The noise and light generated by an RV Village will destroy the beauty, peace and quiet of the area. Fifty-seven acres of light and noise pollution amplified by rock walls will radiate for miles.
- Local realtors have indicated that the value of properties will be negatively impacted by an RV Village and the showings of homes and land have already decreased. Due to the proposed development, residents in the area have delayed or cancelled building projects and their homes have reduced in marketability.
- The RV Village does not preserve, maintain or enhance the environmental integrity of Door County’s waterfront and Bay Shore Drive. The entrance, exit and holding tanks for the RVs are off of BayShore Drive near Pinney Park. Trucking during the up to 10 years the developers estimate for full buildout will have a negative impact on the roads.
- This RV Village has the potential to affect groundwater quality through contamination, air quality from fugitive dust, which will all affect the fishing community and tourism.
The proposed project is modeled after Hearthside Grove in Petoskey, MI. To compare Hearthside Grove and the RV Village at the Old Quarry at George K. Pinney Park, click here.
What can you do?
- Show up at meetings.
- Write a letter (preferred method) or send an email:
Door County Land Use Services
Attn: Linda Riemer
421 Nebraska St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
- Use the information from this website to write a letter to the editor.
- Like our Facebook page.
- Spread the word!
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Quarry Development Approval Timeline
Click here to view pdf of abridged version of Conditional Use Permit (CUP).
History of the Quarry
The Legacy of an Industry: Quarrying for Stone in Door County — by Allison Vroman, Door County Living