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Washington Commission Rejects Gravel Roads for Proposed RV Park, Citing Code Compliance

The Washington Planning & Zoning Commission in Missouri denied a proposal on May 13 to allow gravel roads in a proposed RV park, maintaining city codes that mandate paved surfaces. The proposal is near the intersection of Westlink Drive and West Main Street.

Gregg Gross’s project, initially approved in 2023 but delayed by budget constraints, sought to cut costs by using gravel instead of asphalt. Rick Rohlfing of BFA, a consulting civil engineering firm, presented the request on behalf of Gross.

Rohlfing explained that the intent was to lay gravel initially and pave the roads later, referencing other RV parks that use gravel surfaces. The proposed RV park site features a 95-foot elevation change. Initial guidance suggested 20-foot-wide streets, but city requirements now mandate 26-foot-wide fire access roads.

However, the commission expressed concerns about deviating from city codes. As reported by Emissourian on May 22, Commissioner John Borgmann emphasized the importance of following existing ordinances.

“The only concern I have, and for the rest of the commission too, is we have the city codes that have been adopted, and I don’t know that we have the authority to make that change to the city code and allow a 20-foot road,” Borgmann said. 

He added that he did not want to set any precedents and stressed the importance of ensuring all regulations were thoroughly followed, while also expressing his support for the RV park as a beneficial addition to the community.

Another concern was raised by Washington Fire Chief Tim Frankenberg. He indicated that his main concern with the project was not the 20-foot-wide street proposal but rather the access and suitability of the surface for heavy trucks. He explained that these trucks are designed for hard surfaces.

The rejection of the RV park’s gravel roads proposal highlights the importance of strictly adhering to local codes and regulations when planning new developments. Understanding and integrating local requirements into plans is crucial to avoiding costly delays and rejections. Compliance with city codes helps facilitate smoother approval processes.

Furthermore, meticulous planning and foresight are essential for successful project execution. Proactive discussions with city officials and early feedback enable owners to navigate the complexities of development projects more effectively and avoid rejection.

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May 24, 2024 2:22 pm

You know, understanding why following city codes is crucial in developments can be eye-opening. Discussing real-world case studies and holding workshops might just make a big difference!

Wade Sky
Wade Sky
May 25, 2024 7:21 am
Reply to  ClaraBeam

Let me tell you, staying hip with city codes is like following a recipe – one wrong ingredient and you end up with a funky-tasting cake!

May 25, 2024 10:44 am
Reply to  Wade Sky

Staying on top of those city codes is like navigating a maze. make one wrong move, and you’re lost in a sea of paperwork! I learned that the hard way when I tried to renovate my patio without checking the rules first. Gotta dot those i’s and cross those t’s!

May 24, 2024 8:26 pm

I reckon it’s super important for developers to stick to city codes upfront. Let’s consult authorities early on to dodge hurdles and make projects run smoother. It’s all about following the rules!

May 24, 2024 9:47 pm
Reply to  BluePup1233

Following city codes is crucial. It helps avoid project delays and ensures everything’s up to par. Remember a friend who had issues when their project didn’t meet requirements? By staying compliant from the get-go, it can save a ton of trouble down the road.

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
May 25, 2024 2:36 am

It’s so important for developers to work closely with city officials from the get-go. By following the codes, we can make projects that benefit everyone and run smoothly. Let’s keep it collaborative!

May 25, 2024 7:52 am

Did you catch wind of the cool idea the commission had for the RV park road situation? They suggested using eco-friendly solutions like permeable pavement to stick to the rules and help the developer’s budget. Pretty neat way to tackle those challenges, don’t you think?

May 25, 2024 8:55 am

Besides the Washington Commission rejecting gravel roads, let’s think about eco-friendly options following city rules. Collaboration can spark smart solutions for sustainable development practices.


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