County planners recommend approval for Murray campground at former golf course

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 July 2021 at 3:57 pm

Big Guys wants to create new RV campground with up to 300 sites

MURRAY – The Orleans County Planning Board is recommending the Town of Murray approve the site plan and issue a permit for Big Guys Camping LLC to operate a campground.

Big Guys wants to convert the former Brockport Country Club into the campground at 3739 Monroe-Orleans County Line Rd.

The project would be developed in three phases with the first phase to include 125 hook-up sites, 90 tent sites, renovations of structures on site, construction of new supporting structures for the campground and infrastructure.

The second phase would include 97 more full hook-up sites and expanded infrastructure. The third phase would add 72 more hook-up sites and infrastructure as needed.

The former golf course has 94.2 acres, with 6.16 acres delineated wetlands. That leaves 88.04 acres for the campground. However, 10 percent of that space, per the Murray town code, must be set aside for recreational purposes.

Big Guys is planning for the campground sites to be developed along the existing fairways with the plan to keep many of the existing mature tree lines, and to minimize the need for earthwork, county planners said.

The town ordinance requires a maximum of 10 camp sites per acre. With 79.24 acres available, Big Guys could have up to 792 camp sites. However, there are 300 sites proposed in the three phases, which is well under the zoning ordinance requirement.

There was also a traffic completed for the proposed project, with the determination that no further study would be needed by the Department of Transportation, county planners said.

There are area variances needed for the project and county planners said it was unclear if the variances had already been approved by the Town of Murray Zoning Board of Appeals. The county Planning Board should review the variance requests before the town takes action. If Murray already approved those variances, the ZBA should rescind that vote and send a referral to the County Planning Board for its recommendation, the board said.