RV Park Could Be 8 Feet from Neighbor's Window

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November 17, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Douglas County, Ore., Planning Commission has been asked to decide whether a Roseburg, Ore., company can establish an RV park on property it owns on the North Umpqua Highway in Glide, the Douglas County News-Review reported.

The plan upset some neighbors who say they fear the park would bring traffic, noise, litter and vandalism and would hurt the value of their homes.

Lauren and Dena Young, owners of Young's Management Co., want to put a 15-space park over three acres near the Glide Community Center on Glide's east side.

The Youngs, franchise owners of the Les Schwab tire shops in Douglas County, need a permit and for the county to rezone the property to allow a commercial development that caters to tourists. The county Planning Department has recommended approving the park.

The Planning Commission took testimony in October. Commissioners are expected to discuss and vote on the project at a meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 18).

One set of neighbors, Gerald and Vera Parker, say campers would be within eight feet of their bedroom window and would destroy the view from their front window.

The Parkers own a home on one-third of an acre on the south side of Glide Loop Road. Their property abuts the Young parcels on three sides. They have owned their house for nearly 50 years, according to a letter sent to the commission on their behalf by their daughter, Linda Nelson.

Mary Hagood, who resides on the north side of Glide Loop, said the Youngs failed to establish a need for the park. Several other RV parks are within five miles of Glide, and they don't fill up, she said.

“The sole justification for the plan amendment is the applicants' desire to establish an RV park,” Hagood wrote to the commission.

The Youngs deny that the RV park would have a negative effect on the community. Building homes on the parcels would be more invasive, Ron Schofield, a Roseburg land-use consultant hired by the management company, wrote to the commission.

Building the park would take up to four months and would include adding driveways and parking spaces, and electrical and wastewater hookups, he wrote.

He also said the Youngs have the right to develop their property in a lawful manner and that there is no legal requirement that they prove a need for an RV park.

“The applicants have no obligation to keep their property undeveloped and vacant in order to preserve the status of the Parkers' view of the property,” Schofield wrote.

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