Developer Eyes Omaha Site for 159-Site RV Park

January 5, 2010 by   - () Comments Off on Developer Eyes Omaha Site for 159-Site RV Park

An Omaha, Neb., real estate developer wants to put a campground for recreational vehicles in a secluded area of southern Sarpy County near the Platte River.

Frank R. Krejci plans to construct a family-themed outdoor recreation site, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Plans call for 159 pad sites for recreational vehicles, plus some ballfields and other recreation areas on the 230-acre site.

The proposed Leisure Village is meant to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and families seeking weekend getaways for summer and fall.

“I guarantee I will do it to the best of my ability, like I try to do with all of my developments,” Krejci said.

Krejci is president and CEO of Century Development and has been involved in projects such as Oak View Mall, Brentwood Square Shopping Center and the Old Mill office area.

Krejci recently paid $1.6 million for the Rod Kush mansion north of Gretna, then donated the house and 25 of 35 acres to Catholic Charities for a youth addictions and recovery facility.

Krejci said the RV development would not be a detriment to the surrounding waterfront properties at nearby Hanson’s, Chris and Betty lakes.

“I will have real strict covenants on what people can have,” Krejci said.

Krejci said the campground would be designed as a long-term land use. He said he doesn’t envision building single-family waterfront homes there.

Several homeowners at Chris Lake, have expressed concern about the RV park’s potential impact on surrounding property.

In response, the developer asked the Sarpy County Planning Commission to delay discussion of the project until its Jan. 20 meeting.

Krejci needs the county to approve a flood plain development permit and a special-use permit, along with preliminary and final plats.

County Planning Director Rebecca Horner has recommended project approval, provided that the developer comes up with a post-construction storm water management plan and alleviates any concerns raised by county officials.

The planning commission is an advisory panel. The five-member county board has final say on any project approval.

Sarpy County Board member Rusty Hike said several homeowners at Chris Lake want assurances that the RV park won’t hurt water quality there.

Questions about septic systems and groundwater contamination have also arisen, Hike said.

“I know questions about the management of it are extremely important,” said Hike, who represents the district. “What kinds of clientele will it attract? Are we talking about somebody pulling up a trailer and leaving it out there for a year, or people coming and going every week?”

Krejci hired a local engineering and land surveying firm, Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, to assess his development’s potential impact.

Engineer Jeffrey Thompson indicated that the RV campsite would not cause any contamination or generate other related problems for the area.

In a letter to Sarpy County, Thompson stated that the RV campground would be seasonal and would not have a significant occupancy on weekdays. Most people probably would go there on weekends, from mid-April through mid-October, he said.

Patrons could come and go through the season and, if they choose, park their recreational vehicles on the site. In winter, the facility would be locked to discourage trespassers.

A test well drilled on the site indicated adequate water quality to support a small community well at Leisure Village, Thompson concluded.

A sanitary sewer would be provided through isolated holding tanks servicing groups of RV pad sites. To avoid groundwater contamination, tanks would be pumped out on a regular basis and anchored to avoid floating during periods of high water.

“Based on the project location and flood plain restrictions, we feel that this development is ideal for this property and would add great recreational value to Sarpy County,” Thompson wrote the county.


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