RV Park Proposed for Gillette, Wyo.
A new RV park may go up about eight miles south of Gillette, Wyo., pending approval of a special use permit by the Campbell County Commission, according to the Gillette News-Record.
The proposed park could be yet another indication that county growth is outpacing local developers’ capacity to build apartments and houses to accommodate an influx of workers, although commissioners had differing opinions on the park’s necessity.
“I personally think our housing is just catching up, and I think in another six months it won’t be a big problem,” said Chairman Craig Mader, who also is a developer.
Commissioner Amir Sancher, however, thought the construction of Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station power plant, which will bring in more than 1,000 workers at its peak, would provide a customer base for the proposed park.
“I think there certainly is a need for those kinds of places for temporary housing,” Sancher said.
The commission voted on July 17 to rezone 40 acres of pasture land owned by Randy and Lora Greer to agricultural to accommodate the new RV park.
There is no specific district for RV parks, said Phillip Giffin, county engineering services manager.
There are several RV parks in the county already — Hoy Mobile Home Park, High Plains Campground, Antelope RV and Mobile Home Park, Cam-plex RV park and Green Tree’s Crazy Woman Campground.
Information provided by the commission indicated that the park’s main clientele could likely be comprised of temporary workers at nearby coal mines such as Belle Ayr, Caballo, Cordero-Rojo and Coal Creek. The park also is near railroad construction.
The report added that the park itself probably would be temporary. After 10 years, they would raze it and reclaim the land, unless demand remains high.
The commission will vote on it in August.