Neighbors Concerned over Nearby RV Park Development

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November 23, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A controversial recreation vehicle park proposed for northern Tennessee received unanimous approval in its final time before the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 22).

The Commons RV Park had been delayed the past two months, and its passage came with new conditions proposed by RPC member Robert Nichols. Just before the vote, discussion was held between the RPC and applicants that led to the decision to require more fence and buffer to separate the entire east side of the property from the Farmington subdivision and the adjacent 4-H complex, the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle reported.

The eight-foot fence and 40-foot buffer would eventually be required between the proposed 39-acre park off of Rollow Road near Exit 8 and Life Point Church, as well as other area homes.

The additional buffer compromise pleased neighborhood residents like Paul Long and Raul Ruiz, who have serious concerns about the safety of their families living next to the RV park. They also appreciated some of the other conditions, including the ruling from the Board of Zoning Appeals limiting trailers, mobile homes, and RVs to no more than 30 consecutive days or 60 days in one year in the park.

"I don't think that you'll have people trying to stay there and establish a residency because of the time frames that we have set up," said RPC chairman Mike Harrison.

However, Long, Ruiz and others still opposed the park, which they believe will be used to house temporary construction workers at the nearby Hemlock Semiconductor LLC site. George Dean, an attorney representing a local homeowners association, said the significantly different original application was the primary source of similar fears among his clients.

"We still have the difficulty of having the situation where we've got a very dense use coming into an area that is single-family residential," Dean said. "The incompatibility and inconsistency between those two uses certainly makes my clients very concerned."

Planner Ruth Russell said the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department would likely keep some sort of list to ensure the 30- and- 60-day limits are imposed.

Mitchell Ross, who represents applicant Jimmy Settle of Cumberland Land Development LLC, assured the commission that the proposal would adhere to the specific changes necessary to meet the zoning requirements of the area. However, Ross said his client wasn't willing to immediately put up all the fencing and buffers for all three phases of the project, since later phases could be scrapped if the park doesn't work out.

Long and Ruiz expressed concern that The Commons would hurt the property values in the neighborhoods, which Long said consists largely of $300,000 homes and in some cases are as high as $700,000.

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