Upscale South Carolina Resort Delayed

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August 6, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

A proposal to build an upscale, 230-lot RV park, which has created worry among some of its potential neighbors in northern Spartanburg County, S.C., will not be on the agenda at the Aug. 7 meeting of the Spartanburg County Planning Commission, according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
Chris Story, assistant county administrator, citing the uniqueness of the proposal and the broad range of concerns expressed by opponents of the project, said his office asked that consideration of the project be held for at least another month.
Chuck Piazza, one of the developers of the Carolina RV Resort, which would be located near the intersection of I-26 and Highway 11, said one of his partners in the project, Gus Meyers, received a request Thursday to hold off on submitting the proposal.
Piazza said he and his partners, owners of a company called I-26 TGC LLC, have gone to great lengths to adhere to county and state regulations, and are willing to make any additional changes that would be needed. He said he is worried about the project being turned down for “political reasons.”
“I think it’s probably a good delay,” Piazza said, “especially, maybe, for the county, so they can have time to look over everything.”
The project, to be done in three phases, would create a subdivision of RV lots in what is currently a horse pasture. The lots, most about 44 feet by 80 feet in size, are expected to cost $50,000 and more, featuring a concrete strip for the RVs as well as landscaping and a lawn. The developers will be marketing the lots to people who own luxury motorhomes – which range from $200,000 to $2 million in price.
The developers say the RV park would be good for Spartanburg County, as it would draw affluent RV owners, but many area residents disagree. An initial discussion of the project at the July 3 planning commission meeting drew about 40 residents of the Campobello area ready to contest the proposal.
Pat Knie, a Spartanburg lawyer who lives adjacent to the proposed RV development, noted a long list of concerns about the plan in an interview with the Herald-Journal last month. Knie cited water and sewer runoff issues for surrounding properties; worries about the size of the roads in the area and their ability to handle RV traffic; and the project’s apparent conflicts with the county’s comprehensive land-use plan.
He and others at the meeting on July 3 noted the potential environmental impact of a subdivision, and the added traffic that comes with it, while contending it could also ruin an area known for beautiful scenery and small farms.
The project could also be delayed if county lawyers determine a new ordinance must be passed for the RV park. The county has an ordinance for housing subdivisions and another for RV parks, in which a single owner rents out property to RV owners, but the proposed park involves an RV owner purchasing a piece of property in a subdivision.

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