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New RV Park Planned for Central Washington

June 30, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Orchardist Dean Taplett is seeking approval for a 37-space RV park near Wenatchee, Wash., in the center of the state. 

The application for the Lincoln Rock RV Park – Taplett’s second attempt in three years to develop the former orchard – will go before the Chelan County hearings examiner at 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to The Wenatchee World

Taplett’s plan also includes a pool, restrooms and showers, laundry facility, general store, park and picnic areas. 

The property is located about two miles above the Rocky Beach Dam on the Columbia River. 

Taplett attempted to rezone the same site for a residential development three years ago. He asked that the zoning, which allowed five-acre minimum lots, be changed to allow urban-style lots as small as 12,000 square feet. He intended to build up to 100 homes. 

The county initially approved that rezone. But property owners at Turtle Rock Estates appealed the decision to the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The hearings board reversed the county decision, and Taplett lost a court appeal. 

Last November, Taplett applied for a permit to build a 50-space RV park with waterfront access. The Chelan County PUD and RailAmerica raised concerns about access from the park to the river. So Taplett in March reduced the number of spaces and eliminated the riverfront access. The park would be about 400 feet from the river, according to the application. 

The state Department of Transportation approved the access from Highway 97A, but asked that the entrance to the park be moved away from the entrance to a gravel pit across the highway, according to documents filed with the Chelan County Community Development Department.

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