Developers Plan to Attract Winter Texans Tabled

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March 30, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A developer who wants to build an RV park along U.S. Highway 77 in Kingsville, Texas, is encountering opposition from a nearby subdivision.

Ralph Ambrose said his proposed 16-acre park would help Kingsville capitalize economically on Winter Texan traffic, but residents of South Creek, a subdivision with homes worth more than $200,000, worry the park will spoil their view, lead to more wrecks on the highway and pose safety risks for children in nearby Kleberg Park, the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported.

The city's planning and zoning commission was divided over the issue, and on Monday (March 28) the city commission tabled it for further consideration. Ambrose needs a zoning change from residential to commercial to develop the park, and he's awaiting an easement from Kleberg County.

South Creek subdivision resident Lance Hamm said he never would have moved there to retire if the city's plans had shown the property could be commercial. He has enjoyed the tree-studded view across the creek since 2006.

"If the economy goes down and he can't support an RV park, that thing can be sold off and turned into something else, which of course is an eyesore and hurts our land values," Hamm said.

Ambrose, of Aransas Pass, said if the zoning change isn't approved, he'll subdivide the property for residential development.

He has offered to erect a 10-foot wall with landscaping to provide a buffer between the RV park and South Creek.

Dick Messbarger, director of the Kingsville Economic Development Council, said the RV park would be an upscale facility and could help the city attract Winter Texans and their pocketbooks. It's on a major corridor to Mexico and Rio Grande Valley destinations and is close to a golf course and medical facilities, all attractions for retirees on the road, he said.

City officials have received petitions for and against the RV park, each with dozens of signatures.

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