Neighbors in western Travis County, Texas, are concerned about a proposed 80-site RV park currently being considered by the commissioners court, according to KXAN.
They say the process is being rushed through without safety and security considerations of nearby landmarks and the general public.
The proposed Bentree RV Resort, an 80-site park for RVs, is located on undeveloped land less than a mile from the Hamilton Pool Preserve.
An opposition group made up of concerned citizens, called Protect Hamilton Pool, say there are a number of threats to the natural body of water including groundwater contamination from septic tanks, chemical runoff into the pool and increased traffic, light and noise pollution.
“The ecosystem is fragile, the water is fragile,” said Angelica Johnsen, who is an active constituent in the Protect Hamilton Pool project.
According to official Travis County documents, the project would be reviewed by the commercial site plan process, which ensures environmental, transportation and drainage impacts are addressed.
Documents show the Commissioner’s Court is considering exempting the Bentree RV Resort to platting and approving the development permit on the basis that the the application is similar to other subdivision plat requirements.
Terry Irion, the attorney representing the Bentree RV resort, said the applicant promises to be a good neighbor to all and is cooperating with every condition the county is requiring of them.
“We’ve worked cooperatively to come up with reasonable standards that we would accept as additional conditions for issuance of a permit,” Irion said. “We are trying to be as cooperative as we can.”
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