Agency OK’s Colorado RV Park
The Garfield County (Colo.) commissioners approved a special use permit for the Mamm Camp RV Park on 35.75 acres about one mile south of the Garfield County Airport outside Rifle, Colo., according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
Commissioners John Martin and Larry McCown voted in support of it, while Commissioner Trési Houpt voted against it.
The company behind the proposed 60-space park is the 319 Water Co., which is owned by Jimmy Sills. He has told county officials the intent of the camper park is to fill a niche for RV spaces to accommodate temporary workers and their families needed within the gas industry, according to a county report.
However, no one can live in the RV park longer than 120 days under the county's current regulations.
The county's planning commission recommended that county commissioners approve the proposed project on April 23 after Sills and others behind the project reduced the number of camper spaces from 100 to 60. However, county staff recommended denying the proposed project because there were several "deficiencies" with the proposed RV park, like not adequately determining the traffic impact on the county road system, according to a county report.
McCown voiced concerns about the feelings of fear shown toward oil and gas workers living in RV parks in the community, which is located along Interstate 70, about 170 miles west of Denver.
"It is a camper park, it is not affordable housing," McCown said.
Houpt said she had a problem with creating RV parks scattered around the community. That process creates sub-communities and doesn't fully integrate them into the community, she said. She also voted against it because of county staff recommendations and technical issues involved with the RV park.
"It makes no sense to me to start establishing camper parks anywhere there is a free piece of land in this county," Houpt said.
But Commissioner Martin said that the county needs camper parks and that there are elitist attitudes that exist both among people who live in them and those who have never lived in an RV park.
"We also have prejudice," Martin said. "We also have an application the staff doesn't feel comfortable with. I own houses, and I live in a RV (sometimes). I love living in my RV. It is a choice of lifestyle."