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Waterloo campsite draws concerns, praise from neighbors

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WATERLOO (KWWL)--- Construction could soon get underway on a new campground site near the Lost Island Waterpark in Waterloo.  But this new development has not been without opposition. 

A piece of farm ground on East Shaulis Road in Waterloo is set to be developed into the new campground and RV park.

"There's going to be 154 sites.  Several, 20 of them, will be cabins.  So they'll be stand alone and won't require an RV for you to come vacation there," said developer Eric Bertch.

The development will be extensive, even including a lake and dam.  A mini-mart will likely be the first thing built on the site.  Down the road, homes could also be constructed.

"What the Bertches plan on doing, I see that as a real asset to the community.  They're first class type of people, and I think they're putting together a first class campground," said Randy Miller, who lives near the campsite.

But the added traffic of developing the site, along with the rumored extension of Angus road directly to the campground, has been a concern for some.

"My wife was a little concerned.  She's not really all excited about it because we have little kids and that through road was a big concern of ours.  But as far as extra traffic.. We were concerned about the casino and waterpark having extra traffic.  But in this area, we're not seeing extra traffic.  There's a little extra on Shaulis, but it's not as bad as we ever dreamed or thought it would be," said Phil Westmeier, who lives near the campsite.

The developer has met with residents to try and address their concerns.  And it says extending Angus Road was never a firm part of their plans.

"It was kind of just a misunderstanding that we cleared up as soon as we could," Bertch said.

So now the developer is just waiting to break ground, allowing the new campsite a chance to help this area continue to grow.

Monday, the city council set a public hearing for next month to consider re-zoning the property so that site work can begin.  The developer hopes to start construction on the mini-mart this fall, with work on the campsite getting underway next spring.

Additional note:

This year, thousands of RAGBRAI riders spent the night camping in Waterloo, but that was at a slightly different location, closer to the casino.  Neighbors we spoke with said they didn't experience any problems with that added group of people in the area.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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