SEELEY LAKE — Seeley Lake hosted a larger crowd than usual at their community council meeting on Monday evening.
The topic at hand was a proposed RV Park which welcomed many opposing viewpoints and law enforcement was present, ready to step in if debate got heated. Nearly 30 residents turned out for the meeting and the conversation definitely had its fair share of tense moments.
Developer Brandon Grosvenor presented plans for a 14-acre, seasonal RV park with capacity to hold 71 RVs at a time. The park would sit off of highway 83 next to the Sinclair Gas station.
Grosvenor grew up in Missoula but told the room he spends a lot of time in Seeley with his family. He feels that bringing an RV park to the town would have major economic benefits, but Grosvenor’s vision was met with skepticism.
Many feel that an RV park will take away recreational space for current residents, it will increase traffic issues on Highway 83 -- and overall, lower property values of existing structures.
Paul Forsting, the territorial land works agent for the project did point out that the land had not been zoned until now. Now that they’ve received input from the community, Grosvenor and Forster can begin the permit application.
No formal paperwork has been submitted yet.