Septic Hitches Slow Campground Development
Colbert County commissioners were made aware of a situation Tuesday (Sept. 7) that could affect the ability of annual campers at Rose Trail Park in northwestern Alabama to move to a new campground being developed on Rose Trail Drive, the Florence Times Daily reported.
Commission Chairman Howard Keeton said he had been informed that plans for the new campground's septic system are taking longer to be approved than anticipated.
The commission approved rules earlier in the year prohibiting annual leases at Rose Trail Park. Leases held by campers in the park expire Sept. 30, Keeton said. He said campers may request an extension of their leases if the septic system plan for the new campground is not approved by the end of the month.
Commissioner Roger Creekmore said the situation is one of a number of unforeseen circumstances the developer of the new campground has faced.
“I expect it to be resolved in an expeditious manner,” Creekmore said.
The commission approved changes in the way campsites were rented at Rose Trail Park at the request of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, which provided the original grant money to develop that portion of the park in 1971.
County Engineer John Bedford said the developer of the new campground is expected to present plans to the commission at its Sept. 21 meeting. He said the campground is considered a planned development under the county's subdivision regulations and must be approved by the commission. He said the commission approved the sale of the property with the understanding it would be developed as a campground.
“The concept is known by the county commission and they had no objections,” Bedford said.
He said the county water system will be able to handle the additional water line connections that will be needed at the new campground.