Cape Coral Ordinance Tied to RV Park Plans
A city ordinance has been introduced in large part to allow the creation of a proposed RV park in northwest Cape Coral, Fla., capecoral.com reported.
“This (ordinance) will fit in very well with our proposed site,” said Cliff Repperger, vice president/senior planner for Avalon Engineering, who represents the proposed RV resort park. His comments came during a city council meeting on Monday (Feb. 25)
The Resort at Burnt Store Lake was unveiled last year and has been heralded by many as an economic stimulus to Cape Coral. Developers of the proposed resort RV park have said the project will attract those who own high end RVs, typically above $250,000, “This will create jobs and bring those with disposable income to our city,” says council member Kevin McGrail.
If the ordinance is approved, RV parks would be allowed to locate in Cape Coral. However, the ordinance also takes steps to ensure that not just any RV park can “pop up” in the city as well as control the areas that will allow RV parks.
Only parcels that are located in the city’s agricultural districts with special exceptions would be allowed to construct RV parks. Any developer that wants to build an RV park would have to go through a fairly rigorous process. That process would entail going before both the planning and zoning committee, as well, as the city council.
The ordinance also calls for special regulations. A few examples of those regulations are:
- Any development must be built on a minimum of 25 acres.
- RVs can only be 8 1/2 feet maximum width.
- Equipped with continuous water and wastewater connections.
- Folding camping trailers or tent campers will not be allowed.
- A maximum of 10 transient guest sites.
- Sites are allowed one RV per site.
- Guests or site owners can occupy their sites no more than 180 days per year.
With those assurances in place, neighboring community Burnt Store Lakes says they look forward to seeing the project come to fruition, "We have no issues of the use because we understand it is an upscale property,” said Burnt Store Lakes Property Owners Association President Robert Hancik.
The only concern Hancik says the community had was the confusion that could be caused by having two communities with the name Burnt Store Lakes. Repperger responded that the investors had been made aware of the association’s concern and had begun discussions with changing the name of the resort RV park to Tranquility Lakes.
The council will hold a second and final public hearing on the proposed ordinance on March 11. At that time, it is expected the council will vote on whether to approve or deny the ordinance.