Northfield’s Idyllwood campground met with appeal

  • Christian Arnold, founder of Clockwork Architecture — the developer for the proposed Idyllwood campground — outlines the various aspects of the project during a public hearing in September at Northfield Town Hall. Staff Photo/Zack DeLuca

Staff Writer
Published: 10/30/2019 6:42:51 PM
Modified: 10/30/2019 6:42:41 PM

NORTHFIELD — The approval of the “Idyllwood” campground by the Northfield Planning Board is being challenged with an appeal.

According to Planning Board Chair Stephen Seredynski, a formal appeal was filed by a resident on Oct. 24. The Planning Board has provided all the information it received throughout the application and public hearing process to the abutters who filed for the appeal, he said. The appeal was filed with a list of concerns regarding why the appealing party thinks the campground should not have been approved.

“There is nothing the Planning Board needs to do at this point,” he said.

The appeal will be addressed by legal representatives of the appealing party and representatives of the campground, Seredynski said. This includes Christian Arnold, the developer from Clockwork Architecture who’s name is on the campground application.

Campground applicants and their attorney will be responsible for defending the appeal, Seredynski said. It is up to Arnold and the campground applicant’s attorney to review this appeal and respond in defense, or with an explanation of why the appeal should be dismissed.

Northfield’s legal counsel was contacted, simply to be made aware of the process. Arnold and Idyllwood representatives have approximately 25 days from when the appeal was filed to respond to it.

A judge will review the case for the appeal and make a final decision. At that point, if the involved parties do not agree on the decision, they can file to contest the ruling through Franklin County Superior Court, Seredynski explained.

The campground would be constructed on Moody Center property, along Pierson Road. According to the plan presented during the public hearing process, it would consist of 12 cabins and 27 large furnished tents.

The Idyllwood campground proposal was approved by the Planning Board on Oct. 8, subject to more than 14 conditions that involved check-out time, quiet hours, pet restrictions and a construction schedule, to name a few. Although there had been questions from residents as to whether the cabins would be considered dwellings, Northfield’s legal counsel KP Law declared the proposed campground meets the legal definitions of a campground in the town’s zoning bylaws.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.




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