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Despite concerns voiced by a number of neighbors, the Person County (N.C.) Planning Board voted 4-1 Thursday (Sept. 27) night to recommend approval of a special use permit that would allow the operation of an RV park on a 26-acre site off Boston Road, according to The Courier Times.

The proposed RV park would be home to as many as 117 RV sites and eight cabins, although Matt Hastings, the design engineer for the project said it would likely be constructed in phases, with the first phase containing about 33 RV sites.

Joe Berryhill, the owner of the property, said the site was chosen, in part, because it has access to city water and sewer.

But neighbors told the planning board they worried about the kind of person who might be attracted to the RV park and how that might affect their safety. They also complained that it would damage their property values and that the RV park would disturb the views they currently have of surrounding property.

Emily Tingen, who said she is a public safety officer and lives next to the property, said the park will attract the wrong kind of people.

“This is going to bring shutdown workers who have shady pasts. There may be a need, but there is not a need in my back yard,” Tingen said, referring to people Duke Energy brings in to perform maintenance on its two coalfired power plants. “There are three hotels that do long-term rentals that will be closer to security, I don’t think any of us want 117 new neighbors overnight.”

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