The Danville Planning Commission recommended approval of a special use permit on Monday, May 15, for the proposed Palace Resort, a 46-acre luxury RV park, despite residents voicing concerns over traffic and safety.
As per a report, the park, which is expected to bring $1.3 million annually in tax revenue to the city, will be located on Jenny Lane near Goodyear Boulevard and offer 333 RV sites with amenities like pools, spas, restaurants, a clubhouse, and a pickleball court.
Developer Joe Cubas presented the project’s potential economic impact at the meeting, highlighting that the annual economic impact of the RV industry in Virginia and North Carolina is $5 billion. The project now awaits the final decision from the city council, scheduled for June 6. Alongside the approval, the planning commission recommended a traffic impact analysis should be conducted to address residents’ concerns about traffic.
Many residents opposed the project during the meeting, expressing concerns about safety, traffic, and noise.
Roger Barksdale, a resident of Jenny Lane, told the commission, “We’re not opposed to a campground, we’re just opposed to one in our neighborhood. This needs to be relocated outside of a neighborhood.” However, no residents spoke in favor of the project.
Cubas, who hails from Florida, believes the project is in an “ideal location” and complies with all city codes.
His presentation showed that residential homes make up less than 10% of the neighborhood, with 76% being commercial and 13% vacant land.
He has also met with residents and addressed their concerns, assuring the commission that he plans to exceed many of the project’s requirements, such as increasing setbacks from the property line to the development from the required 40 feet to 100-130 feet.
For RV park owners and operators, this news article showcases the potential economic benefits of luxury RV parks and the importance of engaging with local communities during the planning process. Successfully navigating neighborhood concerns, zoning regulations, and city council decisions can result in a profitable and well-received RV park development.
Despite strong resident opposition, Cubas expressed that he was “obviously very pleased” with the commission’s vote and will continue to work with residents to address their concerns before the project goes before the city council. While acknowledging he may not please everyone, Cubas remains committed to finding common ground on some of the issues. The final decision on the proposed Palace Resort luxury RV park will be made by the Danville City Council on June 6.