With council member Ed Brush recusing himself, the Emerson (Ga.) City Council unanimously approved the second reading of a conditional use permit application from a real estate investor eying the creation of an approximately 56-acre RV park at Monday (Jan. 28) night’s called meeting.

The council approved the conditional use permit for a five-year period. At a Jan. 14 council meeting, LTB Holdings LLC President Todd Baldree said the plan is to build a campground with about 270 sites off Joe Frank Harris along the Etowah River.

“It’s going to be a Class A RV park that’s going to bring a lot of people, it’s going to help with LakePoint,” said Reece Stead, a representative of Metro RV Group, following Monday night’s approval. “It’s going to draw a lot of families, we’re going to have very nice amenities — pools, a clubhouse, stuff like that. Hopefully the river’s going to be a piece of it, too. We just think it’s going to be a nice place for families to come and stay and vacation.”

He said he anticipates the first phase of development costing about $9 million, with another $3 million estimated to finish off the remainder of the project. Stead, however, said there is no timetable in place for when construction on the RV resort may get started or wrap up. 

“We’re still going through all of our due diligence,” he said. “But this was a big piece of it.”

The development, Emerson Mayor Al Pallone said, would fulfill a major regional need.

“I think it’s a good use of that property, and it’s a pretty good investment,” he said. “I think they’re going to do a very nice job. I think it’s going to be a great addition to the city.”

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