Region Residents Express Concerns About Westward Shores Expansion

On July 5 people from across the region got to weigh in on the applica­tion at a planning board hearing that attracted about 65 people. There were com­ments about the impact the expansion could have on the lake water quality, economic im­pact, and safety, but the focus was mainly on the expansion onto the pen­insula. That expansion includes just 15 of the proposed 246 new sites. The campground, locat­ed off Route 16 on New­man Drew Road in West Ossipee currently has 258 sites.

Ossipee Planning Board Determines Westward Shores Has Regional Impact

Ossipee Planning Board Determines Westward Shores Has Regional Impact

The towns of Freedom and Effingham and the Lakes Region Planning Commission have been granted abutter status and will be permitted to comment on the expansion proposal. The Planning Board also mandated a third-party independent review of the expansion application, to be paid for by the campground, to make sure the application meets the town’s zoning ordinance.

Westward Shores Responds, Newspaper Responds Back

In two long letters to the Carroll County Independent, the attorney for Westward Shores Campground says alleged misrepresentations to Ossipee officials by his client were actually the result of incomplete meeting minutes and inaccurate reporting. In an editorial response, the newspaper says it stands by its reporting and reiterates its recommendation that extra care be taken to assess the expansion proposal “openly and with care.”