Arkansas Park Developer Makes Final Plea

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August 9, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Tontitown, Ark., city council may have heard the last plea for a proposed RV park, according to the Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville.
At a public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 7), developer Jay Potter attempted to appeal the Planning Commission’s denial in June of a rezoning request for his proposed American RV Park. Potter wants to rezone the parcel to a planned unit development. Wes Doss, the attorney representing Potter, asked the council to consider all the strife and disappointment his client has experienced.
“This has been a long journey for (Potter) as well as a journey for Tontitown,” he said. “This is the last time that we’re going to come before you and ask you that you treat him like a neighbor.”
The council heard pleas regarding the proposal but could not vote on the issue. City Attorney Mark Dossett said that if a party wants the council to vote on its appeal, it is the party’s responsibility to draw up an ordinance for the city to review, something Potter said he didn’t realize.
Dossett said the appeal would be voted on at the next council meeting. Despite no decision being made, public comment on the appeal was heard, most of which was against the entire development.
Potter defended himself, saying, “This is the most trouble I’ve had building anything anywhere.”
He said he was surprised that so many people opposed the park. He talked to some of the residents as well as past aldermen, he said, and no one seemed too opposed when he started the process last year.
“That’s the reason I bought this property with a 90-day contingency,” he said. “If there was a problem (early on), I’d just move on.”
Alderman Henry Piazza could not offer Potter any hope.
“I find it very difficult to please one person and displease the whole community,” he said.
Currently there are two court cases concerning the American RV Park. Dossett said that one is in the Arkansas Court of Appeals and another is in federal court. Potter said he would look into dropping the court cases if the council would work with him.

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