Grid Fans' RV Park Plans Intentionally Grounded

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May 20, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Construction of a five-acre motorcoach and recreational vehicle park near Mississippi State University in Starksville, Miss., will have to wait, according to The Starksville Commercial Dispatch.

The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday (May 18) removed from its agenda the consideration of a site plan for an RV and motorcoach park at Lincoln Green and Spring Street after City Attorney Chris Latimer determined the proposed development is a subdivision and must go through the city's subdivision process, which begins with the planning and zoning commission and ends with the Board of Aldermen.

Developer Jeremy Tabor and landowner Steve Roberts have yet to take the plan to the planning and zoning commission, a seven-member body which makes recommendations to the Board of Aldermen.

"It's purely procedural," Latimer said.

Latimer said the project is considered a subdivision because Tabor and Roberts want to divide the property into lots, which would be sold separately to RV and motorcoach operators. Roberts said the site would feature 43 lots with utility hookups.

The park would be geared toward Mississippi State University alumni who attend home football games, Roberts said. About 200 RVs typically roll into Starkville for home football games, he said.

"These guys have been swamping me for this (park)," Roberts said. "They want this. I had 30 of them together for a Saturday morning meeting."

Some of the RVs cost as much as $1 million, Roberts said.

"These are people who spend money," he said. "And the tax base will increase on the property."

In order for the park to be completed in time for the first home football game of the season, scheduled for Sept. 4 against the University of Memphis, construction would have to begin by June 1, Roberts said. Now that the project must go through the planning and zoning commission and the Board of Aldermen, it is unclear when construction could start.

"I understand your time crunch, but it is my job to make sure that the process is in line and this process kind of jumped the gun a little bit," Latimer told Tabor and Roberts.

Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker asked if the plan could be added to the planning and zoning commission's special call meeting Thursday, but Latimer said the special call meeting already has been advertised and it is too late to add the RV park plans to the special call agenda. The next planning and zoning commission meeting is scheduled for June 8 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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