$17M Motorcoach Resort OK’d at Lake Havasu
Mohave County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a zoning use permit Monday (May 7) for a 107-space, 84-acre recreational vehicle project at The Refuge Golf & Country Club in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
The measure allows The Refuge golf course owners, Jerry and Cindy Aldridge, to move ahead on construction of a project they first envisioned and presented to the county in 2009, Today’s News-Herald reported.
An e-mail, authored by the Aldridge’s, was received by Today’s News-Herald late Monday announcing the opening of a “luxury motorcoach resort” and described it as an upscale resort offering first-class amenities including an 18-hole golf course, negative-edge resort pool, fitness center, Pilates/yoga room, state-of-the-art pro shop, a 300-seat pavilion, spa treatment rooms, clubhouse restaurant, lounge and a piano bar.
“I founded Coach Net Roadside Assistance and grew the company in one of the most beautiful resort destinations in the Southwest,” Jerry Aldridge said in a prepared statement. “Now, Cindy and I are taking our award-winning customer service skills to a new level with an active, luxury RV destination unrivaled in the resort industry.”
The $17 million project is expected to be completed in October, according to the Aldridge’s press release.
During the county supervisors’ general meeting in Kingman, five proponents of the project addressed the supervisors, and 11 people spoke in opposition of the project.
Those in favor cited reasons of business growth, increased property valuations and golf course property improvements.
Those opposed cited reasons of decreased property valuations, a down-sized golf course with no ties to Arnold Palmer’s original design, and increased traffic, noise and crime. Other issues centered on the golf course’s need to utilize a roadway maintained by The Refuge Community Association, which is the homeowner’s association for the adjacent residential subdivision, and flood control issues.
The roadway issue was cleared by deputy county attorney Robert Taylor during a county planning and zoning commissioners in April after he explained to commissioners there are easements on the road that allow access to the property in question.
On Monday, Steve Latoski, director of county public works department, said a traffic study found about one vehicle every four minutes uses the roadway during peak hours, an amount that isn’t paramount when it comes to traffic impacts on Arnold Palmer Drive or London Bridge Road. Latoski also said one of the existing entrances on Arnold Palmer Drive includes a turn lane, which could easily accommodate the larger vehicles and help control traffic flow.
There currently is litigation pending for the road-right issues, according to earlier reports.
Also during the meeting, Nick Hont, director of county development services, said the flood plain has recently been recalculated with updated technology showing the area of the RV spaces could be removed from the flood plain. The findings currently are being submitted to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for review. The current flood plain is thought to manage a 100-year flood storm event, but new calculations show it’s more relevant for a 500-year flood storm event.
Hont also said the property’s original U.S. Army Corps of Engineers drainage study from 2002 is still valid since no grading or topography of the property has been changed.