The Floyd County Commission on Tuesday denied a proposed special use permit for an RV park on Burton Road in Georgia without prejudice, following concerns from local residents and unresolved issues regarding wastewater and ingress and egress to the property.
The Rome-Floyd County Planning Staff recommended denial, while the planning commission recommended approval with a 5-2 vote.
Adjacent property owners have expressed concerns regarding traffic, safety, drainage, and buffer size. Addressing these concerns, Jim Givens, the applicant, stated, “We will comply with whatever regulations are concerning drainage—we have to—we’d be glad to do that.”
He also mentioned discussing safety management with a Floyd County Police sergeant, who informed him that there were no significant issues in RV parks in the area.
Commissioner Wright Bagby made the motion to deny without prejudice, allowing the application to be reconsidered in the future without a six-month waiting period, provided that the unresolved issues are addressed.
“Some of these issues can be dealt with, such as sewer or septic, and how many would be allowed with septic,” Bagby said.
“The main issue with egress and access, and fixing that with the curve situation, buffers, and other things like that can be addressed. Maybe make this where it would not be a split vote as we had at the planning commission,” Bagby added.
In other action, the commission did vote to approve a special use permit for the Cedar Creek RV & Outdoor Center in Cave Spring, which will allow the addition of 10 to 12 more recreational vehicle sites near its recreation area.
For RV park owners and operators, decisions like these can significantly impact their businesses. It is essential for them to be aware of local regulations, zoning requirements, and community concerns to ensure their parks operate smoothly and maintain a good relationship with the surrounding community.
Additionally, it is crucial for RV park owners to proactively address potential issues like traffic, safety, and drainage, as well as implementing proper buffer zones and access points.
By taking these steps, park owners can foster a positive environment for both residents and visitors, while also minimizing any potential conflicts with the local community and government.