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Etowah RV park hearing scheduled for next week

An overflow crowd of homeowners turned out to hear details of a proposed RV park at Etowah Valley Golf & Resort.

The Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a hearing next week on a developer's application to permit a 343-space RV park in the middle of Etowah Valley Golf and Resort. The zoning board moved the meeting to Thomas Auditorium at BRCC to accommodate what's expected to be scores of opponents.

Tribute Companies of Wilmington, N.C., has filed plans for the 174-acre site that include a 6,500-square-foot two-story leasing office, new 45,000-square-foot two-story clubhouse, a 30,000-square-foot two-story sewer treatment facility behind Salty Landing restaurant, 343 RV spaces of approximately 2,000 square feet each, 725 parking spaces and 2½ miles of new 20-foot-wide roads. Project engineer, Warren Sugg of Civil Design Concepts in Asheville, said during a Technical Review Commmittee last month that the developer would reconfigure the golf course layout to create 18 holes from the current 27. 

Both the developer and homeowners who oppose the RV park have hired attorneys and either side is expected to also call expert witnesses in the courtroom-like hearing to support their case.

In order to approve the application, the zoning board must find that the development will:

  • Not materially endanger the public health, safety or welfare of the surrounding area;
  • Not substantially injure the value of property or improvements in the area;
  • Be in harmony with the surrounding area.