Friday, July 13, 2007

Planned luxury RV park upsets rural neighbors

Spartanburg, S.C. - A proposed resort for luxury recreational vehicles in northern Spartanburg County has some residents worried that the facility could alter a landscape best known for its small farms and rolling hills.

The new park, called Carolina RV Resort, is planned to have 230 small lots, costing at least $50,000 each. The developers are hoping to lure the owners of high-end RVs, who pay between $200,000 and $2 million for their vehicles and need places to stop as they crisscross the country.

"We're going out of our way to be good neighbors," co-owner Gus Meyers said. "We could cram several more lots if we wanted, but we don't want to do that. We're going to keep the setting like the horse country around it. … If we're doing something wrong, we don't know what it is."

But Pat Knie, a Spartanburg lawyer who 18 months ago purchased land that is adjacent to the proposed park on Smith Chapel Road, is one of several concerned residents.

In a phone interview this week, Knie listed a litany of concerns about the park, including storm water runoff and sewage issues on his land; the quality and size of the two-lane country roads that would have to accommodate the RVs; and concerns the RV park might take away from the area's bucolic setting.
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