Texas RV Park OK'd, But Still Faces Stiff Opposition
The Kingsville (Texas) City Commission approved a zoning change for a new RV park along U.S. Highway 77, but opponents of the park's location still could block the move, the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported.
Some city leaders like the idea of the park because it could help Kingsville capitalize on Winter Texan traffic. But residents of the South Creek subdivision worry the park will spoil their view, lead to more wrecks on the highway and pose safety risks for children in nearby Kleberg Park.
Lance Hamm, who led residents' opposition to the zoning change, said he has no problem with having an RV park in Kingsville; this just isn't the right place.
Developer Ralph Ambrose needed the zoning change from residential to commercial to develop the 16-acre park. But Hamm said he may try to force a referendum to put the issue before voters.
To get it on the ballot, Hamm would need enough petition signatures to equal 5% of the voters in Kingsville's last election. About 3,100 people voted in a charter amendment election in November, so Hamm may need as many as 155 signatures. The city attorney hasn't determined whether the percentage would be based on that election or the last general election, which had a turnout of 1,112.
City Secretary Edna Lopez said it could cost the city $25,000 to hold an election. Hamm said he's sensitive to the cost and will consider carefully before circulating a petition.
"We want to make sure we have a majority of voters in Kingsville who would back us up," he said.
He said 560 residents and 111 businesses in town signed a separate petition opposing the zoning change.
Hamm said he never would have moved to South Creek if the city's plans had shown the property could be commercial. He has enjoyed the tree-studded view across the nearby creek since 2006.
Ambrose, of Aransas Pass, has said if he can't build an RV park, 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.