In a nearly unanimous decision Tuesday (Sept. 25) night, the Orange Beach, Ala., council denied plans for an upscale RV resort and 29-lot subdivision near the Village of Tannin on the city’s west side.

Ala.com reported that the proposed two-phase, 80-lot RV resort drew opposition from a small group of Tannin residents who said they prefer only single-family residential development on land that was once supposed to be part of the planned, mixed-use community.

Although the council seemed split on the request for preliminary planned unit development zoning and master plan approval last month, only Councilman Jeff Silvers voted for the project by Mobile-based Beach Land LLC.

Leading up to the vote, the developers had made numerous design changes through talks with residents and city officials, such as adding double, landscaped buffers between the RV resort and Tannin, RV lot pricing beginning at $100,000, a separate entrance and limiting the type of motorcoaches that would be allowed — only Class A vehicles and fifth wheels at least 32 feet long, which fetch upward of $1 million, and none more than 10 years old.

Mayor Tony Kennon, who seemed to favor the project in past meetings but voted against it Tuesday, said the development went against the principles of the community-driven, pedestrian-friendly concept of which the nearly 20-year-old and unfinished Village of Tannin was built. The RV resort would’ve been developed west of the existing neighborhood and its commercial town center area.

“The RV park does not fit into new urbanization development nor is it compatible to what Tannin is today and what it has always been sold as,” Kennon said after the meeting. “Tannin is a living, viable neighborhood and this mayor and council is committed to trying to protect the sanctity of our neighborhoods.”

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