(July 10, 2020) The Worcester County Planning Commission approved a site plan review for the Frontier Town campground expansion and passed a water and wastewater amendment at its session last Thursday.
The campground on the east side of Stephen Decatur Highway and north of Assateague Road has proposed to add 112 campsites. On June 16, the Worcester County Commissioners agreed to amend the water and sewerage plan to reallocate 38 equivalent dwelling units to the Mystic Harbour Sanitary Service Area to accommodate the expansion.
Attorney Hugh Cropper said this expansion would look just like the previous expansions. Last year, Frontier Town added 101 sites, bringing it to a 661 total.
“This is the last piece in a puzzle, the last phase of the expansion,” Cropper said.
The site plan was passed with a couple waivers. Frontier Town hopes to have the new campsites ready for the summer 2021 season.
The commissioners also agreed to expand the Mystic Harbour Sewer Planning Area to three parcels along Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City and to change its designation to S-1 immediate to two years. The total area owned by Steve Hoffman is nearly 24 acres.
Attorney Hugh Cropper said that this was a prospective action.
“This is not tied to a specific site plan,” Cropper said. “We just think that Mr. Hoffman’s properties should in included in the planning area for future flexibility in design and development of the property.”
He confirmed with Steve Engel, the applicant, that there were enough equivalent dwelling units, that the area is located in a commercial center and is consistent with the comprehensive plan. Cropper said that although the owner has 50 equivalent dwelling units, that doesn’t guarantee that he could develop the whole parcel.
“If he did a holistic redevelopment of the whole property, this would allow him flexibility to connect to one service area or another,” Cropper said.
The project then could apply to the county commissioners, who would have the discretion to grant the units.
The planning commissioners voted unanimously to find the amendment consistent with the comprehensive plan.