KINGSTON — Southern District YMCA Camp Lincoln is fighting to overturn a planning board decision that prohibits the camp from allowing overnight stays.
The popular camp at 67 Ball Road provided overnight use in the past, but said it hasn’t been able to let guests stay over since November 2018 when camp officials were told that it wasn’t in compliance with zoning rules.
The planning board voted in February to deny a request for overnight use, saying it wasn’t previously approved and isn’t allowed in the single family residential zone.
“This camp is essentially a nonconforming use by zoning standards,” planning board Chairman Glenn Coppelman said.
The camp has appealed the decision to the zoning board of adjustment, which will hold a public hearing on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Kingston Town Hall.
Camp Lincoln is a summer camp and educational facility on Great Pond. On its website, the camp also advertises that it can be rented out for weddings, corporate outings, community events, birthday parties, celebrations, and reunions.
The camp sent a letter to parents Tuesday to seek their support and encourage them to attend next week’s meeting and explained how the town’s decision has affected the facility.
“This change has had a huge impact on the camp experience here at YMCA Camp Lincoln. We believe offering an overnight component to our program enriches our mission and helps grow independence for our youth,” the letter said.
According to the camp, the zoning board meeting will give supporters a chance to “share the importance of the overnight aspect and the value it holds to our community.”