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Developers Seek OK for Central Kansas RV Park

August 11, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

A view of Lakeland Recreational Park, proposed site for a new RV park in central Kansas

Plans to make Lakeside Recreational Park in Salina, Kan., home to an annual youth summer day camp have been scrapped in favor of making the property a year-round membership park for owners of recreational vehicles, its owner, David Frost says.

Frost and his wife, Renae, own the site.

Frost met Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 10) with Saline County commissioners and county department heads to discuss platting and building elevation issues concerning the site, the Salina Journal reported.

Resolving those issues is necessary in order for the Frosts to finish a preliminary plat for the property. County officials say to do that, a road needs to be built to provide frontage access to long-term rental properties at the site, which now include two cabins, three mobile homes, one single-family home and a duplex.

Without the road, there can’t be separate addresses for each property. A plat is also necessary to make the structures legally salable in the future.

“We don’t normally plat existing structures,” said Vicki Koepsel, the county’s director of planning and zoning. “Platting is for undeveloped ground. Throwing in existing structures and trying to fit a platting process around those is difficult.”

Frost said he’s trying to get the property platted the way it is, without adding any lots or new development. Without new development, a waiver could be granted for a drainage study and extensive survey of the land, Koepsel said. The drainage study could affect whether the permanent structures meet flood plain elevation requirements.

Earlier this year, the planning and zoning commission approved a conditional-use permit to expand allowable activities at the 56-acre site, located 1.2 miles east of Old Highway 81 on the south side of Lapsley Road, south of Salina. The permit would have enabled day camp activities in the summer for about 50 youths. But the person who was going to run the camp has pulled out of the project, Frost said after his meeting with the commission.

The planning and zoning commission must consider a preliminary plat and a final plat showing the actual or proposed features of the property before the final plat is submitted to the county commission for approval.

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