Shediac campground

Some residents of Shediac and Pointe-du-Chêne expressed their concerns in April about plans for a major RV Park in the area. Opponents also gathered on Sunday to raise concerns about the proposal. (CBC)

About 100 people gathered on Sunday to voice their concerns about a proposed 750-site campground in Shediac.

Charlotte Leblanc, a retired resident in Pointe-du-Chêne and the event's organizer, said she is against the development because she believes it will create traffic congestion and harm the surrounding land.

"We still have hope," she said.

"We are hoping that decisions will be made to accommodate our needs in Pointe-du-Chêne and that they will have a look at how the environment would affect us if this campground was built and how it would affect us not only in storm surges but in spring thaws."

Leblanc said the public will have a chance to address Shediac town council as part of the environmental impact assessment process.

“Our biggest step is going to be the environmental impact assessment,” Leblanc said.

“We still plan on doing a lot of research and providing information to the minister and the developers on why we're opposed to this to see if we can't find a win-win situation for all parties involved.”

She said she expects the hearings for the environmental impact assessment to happen around the middle of June.

Shediac council approved a bylaw in April that allowed the controversial RV park to move forward. The RV park would become the largest business in the region.

Liberal MLA Victor Boudreau is a partner in the campground project.

The owner of another Shediac campground has filed a conflict-of-interest complaint against Boudreau. The Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner is looking into the matter.

The campsite is to sit on a large wooded area bordering Shediac and Pointe-du-Chêne.