Carolina Beach, N.C., leaders voted down a proposed change in town laws which would have allowed RV parks in the highway business district, television station WECT reported.

In an effort to expand his business, the applicant, Troy Slaughter, requested that the town allow space for an expansion to his RV park. Slaughter said the idea was to offer more diversity in housing for those wishing to visit Carolina Beach.

Residents from the area had mixed reactions during a public hearing on Tuesday night.

Critics said an expanded RV park will put a strain on the infrastructure of the town, not attract businesses or add tax dollars, and could result in a reduction of tax values for surrounding properties.

Supporters said the RV park would be a destination point for visitors who want to enjoy the area’s natural resources and enjoy the central business district simultaneously.

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