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Hearing on Proposed Spotsylvania RV Park Continues

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Virginia’s Spotsylvania County Planning Commission continued to consider the controversial plan to construct an RV park on Lake Anna’s shores on Wednesday. According to a report, the commission held an open hearing regarding the park’s special-use permit application two weeks ago.

Planning Commission suspended the November 17 hearing after four hours of comments and reports regarding the plan for the RV park extended the discussions to midnight. Staff had already begun reading over 200 letters addressed to the county.

These readings were scheduled to continue last Wednesday at 7 p.m.  

The plan requires a permit for special use for a camp or recreation area with 300 sites for recreational vehicles and other amenities on a 135-acre site across Lake Anna in the county’s Livingston District.

The man-made lake of 13,000 acres covers Spotsylvania, Orange, and Louisa counties. The property is situated along Days Bridge Road near U.S. 522.

The RV park would have a dock and marina, a swimming pool, two amphitheaters, and a wastewater treatment system.

At the public hearing back in November, over 40 residents voiced their opposition to a special-use permit for the planned park. They raised concerns about environmental impacts on the lake and its surrounding properties. The park could cause problems with boating and traffic. It could also contradict the rural character of the region.

The attorney for the applicant said they would abide by all the rules of a special-use permit should the county decide to grant one, which includes conducting studies that could result in the termination of the plan.

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