Construction is about to begin on an RV resort with 182 spaces that triggered loud opposition 15 months ago from neighbors in Badger Canyon’s Cottonwood Springs in southern Washington state.
Six building permits for the Badger Mountain RV Resort on Cottonwood Boulevard have been filed in Benton County, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.
Project owners Dave and Charlotte Schlotfeldt of Richland plan to develop the 25 acres at the corner of Wiser Parkway and Cottonwood Drive with an upscale RV park featuring an events center, recreation room, swimming pool and other recreation amenities.
The property also will have a 3,000-square-foot home the Schlotfeldts will live in.
Permits have been issued for a $119,778 accessory building with 2,745 square feet, and the 3,033-square-foot, two-story home valued at $343,629. The residence will have four bedrooms and 2.5 baths.
Permits are being reviewed for a swimming pool and spa with two bathhouse buildings that are 1,440 square feet.
The Schlotfeldts also want to build an 8,000-square-foot event center that would include a recreation room, laundry facilities and convenience store. That structure is valued at $500,000.
The RV park will have about seven RV spaces per acre on a lot that is south of Interstate 82 and west of Badger Canyon Road and Cottonwood Elementary School.
More than 100 residents in the Cottonwood Springs subdivision signed petitions protesting the RV park development at a county board of adjustment hearing 16 months ago.
The complaints focused on how the RVing activity would upset the tranquility of the neighborhood, where upscale homes on large lots provide a perception of seclusion and country living.
Becky Auckland, who lives with her family on Cottonwood Boulevard, said she is most concerned about the safety of children walking to and from the elementary school, and about the effect an RV park in the area might have on home values.
“It could detract from our values, and we have very nice homes here,” Auckland said.
Schlotfeldt could not be reached Friday for a comment, but he told the Herald at the board of adjustment meeting in May 2011 that the resort would be a high-quality project with excellent amenities to include a splash park, pool and large grassy area suitable for picnics and volleyball and other courts for basketball and tennis.
Schlotfeldt said each RV site would have a shade tree, shrubs, patio, picnic table and barbecue grill.
Each site also would have full-service hook-ups with electrical power, domestic water, sanitary sewer, telephone and cable TV.
Land immediately next to the proposed RV site was zoned agriculture at the time the Schlotfeldts obtained their conditional-use permit for the proposed use. The RV project site is zoned light industrial.
Sewage will be handled with an on-site disposal system approved by the state Department of Health, and fire hydrants must be installed.
The nearest residences are more than 600 feet away, and the elementary school is about 1,200 feet away, which was an issue for several residents concerned about traffic safety.