Preparatory work on an upscale RV park at the harbor in Crescent City, Calif., continues to move forward as the harbor commission approved on Oct. 21 an architectural review of the project’s design.
Described as a development similar to Whaleshead Beach Resort north of Brookings, Ore., the RV park is pointed to by Harbormaster Richard Young as an example of what the future could hold for a reinvigorated harbor under a new master plan, according to the Daily Triplicate, Crescent City.
“The master plan was not about specific projects – a motel here or a restaurant there or something like that – but it’s about new uses and new businesses being brought to the harbor,” Young told The Triplicate. “This (RV park) project fits right into that spirit.”
The harbor plans to build the RV park on an empty lot with views of South Beach. It will have no more than 29 cabins loosely arranged around a lansdscaped setting.
“We want this to be upscale and set the tone for future development,” Young said. “We’re not talking about an overcrowded, typical RV park. It will be nicely landscaped and nicely lit.”
The plan is to put the RVs in and sell them to individual owners who stay for part of the year and rent them out during the rest of the year.
“So it’s not a traditional RV park,” Young said, “and it wouldn’t compete with Harbor RV Anchorage or Bayside RV.”
The main delay to the park is getting the proper permitting from the California Coastal Commission, a state agency that plans and regulates land uses in state coastal zones. The harbor commission was recently notified that the coastal commission’s development permit fees had increased from $15,000 to $20,000, and a new $2,000 grading and drainage engineering review would also be required.
“It’s a shame that they can do this to us,” said Commissioner John Yingst.