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Neighbors Oppose South Carolina Park

July 17, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

Neighbors are opposing plans for a 230-site RV park in a rural area north of Spartanburg, S.C, according to the Tryon (N.C.) Daily Bulletin.
Pat Knie, who owns property adjacent to the proposed site outside of Campobello, S.C., near the border of North and South Carolina says residents don’t believe the park fits the rural landscape of the area. He says he wonders why the developers would choose the location since it’s not close to any resort area.
“My biggest observation is that this is Campobello and they don’t have mountain views,” he says, “Where they are, it’s not a destination location. The beach or the mountains I could see, but with this I think they could sell 20 lots or so and then it sits there and they have to sell.
“It doesn’t make business sense. Just to sit out in a pasture, I don’t understand. I kind of want to save them from themselves.”
Knie was one of about 30 residents concerned about the proposed park who attended this month’s Spartanburg County Planning Commission to hear more about the plan. I-26 TCG LLC provided an informal presentation of the project to the commission and plans to return with official plans next month.
The developers say they picked the location because it’s central to many destinations in the region and close to the horse country of northern Spartanburg County and Polk County. But Knie says access roads are not suited for RV traffic. He says the motorcoaches that would visit the park are 8.5 feet wide and the road is only 17 feet wide, making it impossible for two RVs to pass each other.
The RVs would tear up the shoulders of the road, he says, and create safety issues for school buses and the children who live in the residential area.
Residents are also concerned, he says, about storm water runoff and sewage issues. He says the park, as proposed, will have roads and many concrete pads, resulting in more storm water in drainage ditches. The ditches will send more silt to adjacent properties, he says.
Knie says he bought his property 18 months ago, seeking a rural tract of land in a rural area of the county. The RV park would be the largest subdivision to come to Campobello, he says.
Since the RV park also would be a subdivision with RV lots for sale, it may not fit into either the county’s RV park ordinance or its subdivision ordinance, according to Chris Story, assistant county administrator. He says the county may need to consider a new ordinance that fits the proposed project.
Knie says he and other residents hope the county will not amend its ordinance to allow the park.
“We would strongly urge (the planning commission) to not amend the ordinance,” he says. “It’s just nothing that we need here. It’s kind of like putting a big amusement park in Campobello.”
He added that the project doesn’t fit the county’s own long-term planning. The county’s comprehensive plan states that the area is primarily agricultural, open and wooded, and sets a goal of conserving its rural and scenic character.

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