Agency Says 'No' to RVs for Mobile Home Park

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February 9, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Polk County's Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a request to change the county growth map to allow RVs in a mobile home park near Lake Kissimmee, Fla., The Lakeland Ledger reported.

The case will now go to the county commission, which will consider it on Feb. 15.

The application involved Kissimmee River Park, which is owned by the Kentucky McVay Family Limited Partnership, The owner requested changing the growth map from agricultural/residential to leisure/recreation.

Bart Allen, a lawyer representing owner Larry McVay of Lexington, Ky., argued the change would correct an error in the county growth map that was adopted in 1991.

The change is similar to changes that have been previously approved for Camp Mack and Grape Hamnmock fish camps in the area.

McKay said the change would allow him to put RVs in vacant lots in the mobile home park.

He said no other changes are planned that would affect existing residents.

But William Rinaldo, a lawyer representing the Lake Kissimmee Mobile Home Park Homeowners Association, argued the map change is premature because it's unclear what kind of changes in the county's development regulations are being drafted to allow the change.

Residents were concerned the change was a prelude to converting the property to an RV park and forcing longtime residents to move.

The county's development code allows RVs only in RV parks and some change would have to be drafted to allow RVs in this case, county planners said

County planners had recommended approval to accommodate the owner.

That troubled Planning Commission members because it was unclear what the result would be and whether it might affect other retirement communities.

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