N.C. RV Park

An N.C. community is set to discuss a moratorium on RV park developments.

Maggie Valley (N.C.) Town Hall was packed Tuesday (Dec. 14) evening for the regular December Board of Aldermen meeting. This was the first regular meeting for incoming board members John Hinton and Jim Owens, and a meeting of great concern for anyone with an opinion about the future of development in Maggie Valley, according to the Smoky Mountain News.

North Carolina Representatives Mark Pless, R-Haywood, and Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, were in attendance.

On Monday, Ghost Town developer Frankie Wood held a meeting for business owners in Maggie Valley where he made his case, not only for the future of the mountain top theme park but the future of all development in the valley. He argued that if residents weren’t vigilant, the governing board would take away certain rights of landowners in the valley.

“They’re trying now to restrict everybody’s property. Because it’s the only way they can do it. They can’t just target me like they’ve been doing, so they gotta get all local folks, business owners in this town and go and more or less put a restriction on their properties and devalue your property,” said Wood.

Of particular interest to Wood, and other Maggie Valley landowners was the vote for a public hearing to discuss prohibiting campgrounds, RV parks and RV PUDs in C-1 and C-2 zoning. Wood has already been approved for at least one RV PUD, and has applied for more.

Alderman Jim Owens raised the issue at the December agenda-setting meeting and was able to get the vote for a public hearing on the agenda for the Dec. 14 meeting.

“I don’t like the idea of a moratorium at all. You have people out there who have hundreds of thousands, a million dollars in property and some of those people spent that money for this purpose, with it being an allowed use in our UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) now. So, now that these people have purchased this property, we’re going to put them on hold, and I just don’t think that’s right,” said Alderman Tammy Wight.

On advice from Attorney Brian Gulden, the board decided against a text amendment to prohibit RV parks and campgrounds and instead chose to hold a public hearing for a moratorium on RV parks and campgrounds. A moratorium enacts a temporary pause on RV parks and campgrounds, rather than a text amendment which would have to go before the planning board, and be more permanent.

The moratorium, if passed, will last for 61 days or more, up to six months, until the unified development ordinance is passed.

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