Revamped RV Park Plan Gets County's Blessing
A family-themed campground for recreational vehicles that once appeared doomed to failure has won the Sarpy County Board's stamp of approval, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Last week, the board voted 4-0 to allow construction of the Leisure Village RV Park south of Bellevue, near the Platte River.
The project will be part of a 220-acre development near that aims to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and families seeking weekend getaways.
The campground near 38th Street and Paradise Road calls for 192 RV pads. It will feature ballfields for tenants and guests. An area is designated for riding all-terrain vehicles.
A 35-acre sandpit lake on the property would allow for swimming, but motorboats and personal watercraft would be prohibited.
The RV park will be seasonal, open from April through October and closed in winter.
Leisure Village should be ready to open by April 2012, said James E. Lang, an attorney for developer Frank Krejci.
County Planning Director Rebecca Horner recommended approval.
“We worked very, very, hard with the neighborhood and the applicant to help find a resolution that the county board could support,” Horner said. “I believe it's a good use of a property that has limited development potential, provided the owner maintains compliance with the agreement.”
The project needed a flood-plain development permit and a special-use permit, along with preliminary and final plats, to proceed with construction.
Horner said the county can revoke the campground's special-use permit if the developer fails to comply with the terms of the agreement.
Board member Tom Richards of Bellevue said the developer has agreed to invest about $4 million in infrastructure improvements to the property.
Krejci will build a hard-surfaced road into the park, erect a chain-link fence along the property line and plant dozens of trees to create a buffer with abutting property owners.
“The developer really worked hard with the neighbors, and he satisfied a lot of their concerns,” Richards said.
Last January, about 100 homeowners from the nearby lake community attended a Sarpy County Planning Commission meeting in a strong show of opposition. The neighbors raised concerns about noise, septic systems, lighting, trespassing and other nuisance issues.
Several property owners at Chris Lake also wanted assurance that the RV park would not harm the water quality there or become a haven for underage drinking parties.
At the time, Krejci, president of Century Development, assured the county that his RV park would attract high-end RV owners and not be a detriment to the 300 waterfront properties at the existing lake community.
An engineering firm he hired concluded that Leisure Village would not cause any contamination or generate other related problems for the area. Still, the flood of concerns raised with the Planning Commission caused the county to delay action for several months.
Richards said the project will be a positive addition to the county and increase the county's property tax base.
“Long-term, I think that's really a place that will take off,” he said.