RV Park Owners Seek County's OK for New Uses

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December 3, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

goldpannerguy-weocle-homeThe owners of a recreational vehicle park near Groveland, Calif., want to get their business in compliance with county planning rules. The Southern Tuolumne County Planning Commission is set to consider the request at its meeting Dec. 9, according to The Union Democrat, Groveland.

Owners of Yosemite Pines RV Resort, off of Old Highway 120 east of Groveland, are specifically requesting their two parcels totaling 34.5 acres be rezoned from Commercial Recreation to Commercial Recreation: Planned Unit Development. They are also seeking a permit that would allow more uses on their property.

The county Community Development Department is recommending the commission vote to approve the proposed changes.

The request stems from county code compliance officials opening a case against the RV park in November 2007 because it had operations and structures on site that hadn't been approved in the park's development agreement with the county, which dates back to the mid-1980s.

The non-permitted uses, according to a report from the county Community Development Department, included: eight yurts, 21 sleeping cabins, three storage containers and a connection to a public water system rather than a private system.

Due to a recent decision against the county in the case Neighbors in Support of Appropriate Land Uses vs. Tuolumne County, the county lost its ability to tweak previously approved development agreements. This has forced Yosemite Pines' owners to pursue the zoning change and request a planned unit development permit.

The county lost the above lawsuit — first in superior court, then on appeal in 2008 — after judges agreed with those bringing the suit that the county violated zoning rules by inking a development agreement with a winery that allowed the owners to host parties and weddings. The neighbors complained about the noise and traffic such events would bring.

RV park owners applied for the planned unit development permit in August 2008. It would amend the previous development agreement to include the following, largely already-existing, uses and structures:

  • 181 full-service RV sites.
  • Eight yurts.
  • Two storage units.
  • 20 tent-camping sites.
  • Permanent hookup to the Groveland Community Services District water supply.
  • A petting farm, currently home to donkeys, goats, sheep, alpacas, chickens and rabbits.

Though counties are responsible for permitting recreational vehicle parks, the California Department of Housing and Community Development oversees the construction and operation of such parks, according to the county Community Development Department.

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