LANDRUM — Residents in the area have criticized a plan to build an RV park at Landrum Mill Road, northern Spartanburg County in South Carolina during a public meeting on August 4, a Post and Carrier report says.
Blue Sky Associates looked at two other locations in the county before settling on a 38-acre site at 1970 Landrum Mill Road. There are plans to build 52 RV sites. It is located east of Interstate 26. The conditional approval of the project was granted by the Spartanburg County Planning Commission on March 2.
For final approval, the project must satisfy several conditions. These include installing a septic tank that has been approved by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Providing water to the site and finalizing a stormwater management plan.
According to the report, County Councilman Bob Walker organized a public meeting at Landrum Train Depot on August 4. This was to allow residents to voice their concerns regarding the project. Some residents who attended the meeting claimed they did not know that the project was being considered after it was presented to them in February.
Joan Holliday, Deputy Director of County Planning Department, stated that the county is not required by zoning ordinances to notify the public about details of applicants’ projects. Cole Alverson, County Administrator, stated that public hearings are not required in the approval process of projects under the county’s Unified Land Management Ordinance. T Tree Farms RV Park had already been conditionally approved when most residents discovered the project, the report said.
According to the report, Sally Rock, who was present at the meeting, stated that “we didn’t discover about this until two weeks later conditional approval had been granted.”
“What we are telling County Council is the project needs to go back down the chain to the planning commission and the approval needs to be rescinded and be sent back to the (County) Planning and Development Department and they need to start from square one,” she added.