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Editorial: RV Parks In The Highway Business District

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission recently recommended the Town Council consider approving a change to the zoning ordinance to permit Recreational Vehicle (RV) Parks in the Highway Business District along Lake Park Blvd (Highway 421). New parks would have to get a conditional use permit and meet specific criteria for design and buffering from adjacent uses. (See report on page 1-A).
The Council will consider the change at their May 13th, meeting at Town Hall.
RV's are not cheap. They are for many people a luxury vacation get-away or roaming home in their retirement years. Many cost well over $100,000 (or much more depending on size and features).
The issue isn't whether or not RV's are good or bad. I think we can all agree that a nice new shiny RV is anything other than a good thing.
The issue is location and the best use of commercial property along our primary commercial corridor in Carolina Beach.
Would it be more desirable to see an RV Park or a new grocery store or shopping center with restaurants and shops?
The latter of the two equals higher property values and generates more property tax revenue, jobs and sales tax revenues than an RV Park.
If we are to allow RV Parks to become the default plan-B for property owners that don't think they can successfully build a commercial development, then how will that affect adjacent property values for owners that will have to advertise "Excellent views of the RV Park" from their newly constructed office building or hotel? And once that cat is out of the bag, people will come clawing at the Planning Department seeking amendments to allow for RV and Boat storage in the Highway Business District. Because if the RV Parks don't look bad, why not a storage yard? Then people will seek to allow parks in other districts. For example and hypothetically speaking, there's land large enough across from Town Hall under the current proposal.