Justin Marks, son of the Alliance’s Susan Marks, grew up spending summers on Berry Bay. Now a screenwriter, with Disney’s hit “The Jungle Book” among his credits, he’ll be speaking at Freedom Public Library on Wednesday, December 28, at 1 p.m.
At its regular Tuesday night meeting, the ZBA voted that State Superior Court is the proper body to review claims that Ossipee’s Planning Board violated town zoning when it granted conditional approval for the campground to double in size. The Town of Freedom and Effingham Conservation Commission had filed the appeal.
The heads of Freedom’s Planning Board and Conservation Commission have issued joint letters to Ossipee and DES officials opposing the proposed expansion of the campground as a “significant” risk to the water quality of the lake and bays. This week’s Ossipee Planning Board meeting to consider the town-commissioned independent engineering report on the expansion plan has been postponed for two weeks.
The lake organization says inconsistent and inaccurate statements by the owner have clouded the flooding issue. It wants town officials to publicly establish the level at which flooding occurs at the campground, marina and peninsula, and require an accounting of how often the business has been evacuated in past years due to high water.
The campground’s cavalier treatment of the facts about flooding on Ossipee Lake should have officials on high alert.