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Georgia County Rejects Upscale RV Resort Plan

November 12, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

Residents of the Lake Blackshear Plantation area near Cordele, Ga., burst into applause Tuesday morning (Nov. 10) as county commissioners denied a rezoning request for 20.5 acres in their neighborhood in southwest Crisp County.

Owner of the property,  Shoreline Development LLC, had requested that the land be rezoned from RS2 to RS1 so that an RV resort could be created, according to the Cordele Dispatch.

In spite of assurances from local real estate agent Sherry Rinker, who represented the developer, that this development would be an asset to the south central Georgia county off Interstate 75, residents remained unconvinced.

They had appeared at the October commission meeting to express their concerns and since then had conducted a meeting of their own in Warwick to which all the commissioners were invited.

Among their concerns were potential declines in the value of their properties, adequate disposal of the waste that they felt would be created, increased traffic and what would happen to the property if development did not occur as projected.

Several expressed doubt that people with the financial ability to purchase $500,000 and more expensive recreational vehicles would be interested in buying lots in an area where there are limited amenities.

Developers were proposing the creation of a Class A motorcoach resort with 6,000-square-foot lots selling for $80,000 each. Each lot would have a coach house added increasing the value of the lot to more than $100,000.

John Mangham, who specializes in the sale of RV properties, came to the meeting with Rinker. He assured commissioners and concerned residents that most of the multimillionaires who own expensive Class A motorcoaches are down to earth people who shop at Wal-Mart and are happier going to fish fries and barbecues than fancy restaurants.

There are not nearly enough resort lots to meet the demand, Mangham said, as he encouraged Crisp commissioners to approve the proposal for the Ironwood area.

Before making the motion to deny the rezoning request, Commissioner William Culpepper said this was the most difficult decision he’s had to make since he was elected to the commission three years ago. Commissioner James Harris echoed that sentiment, but the vote was unanimous.

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