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Our View: RV park can be an oasis, not a sty

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Protecting the beauty of the community in which we live and allowing those from out of the area to enjoy it is a dance that takes careful planning. Such is the case when it comes to the proposed 51-unit recreational vehicle park (RV) that is under review by the Placer County Planning Commission. The proposed Headquarter RV Park would offer a general store and have a manager’s unit on site and would be located on the property next to the Dingus McGee’s restaurant, which is also owned by Michael Reese, president of Old Woodside Construction & Development, and the applicant for the RV park. While there are understandable concerns by neighbors of the property, facilities such as this one can be a positive contributor to the community and should be looked at as such. The planning commission was right to put the process on hold while community members’ points are addressed, but after compromise this project should go through. A summer with all 51 slots filled up means families, and it can also mean profits for local businesses. Some of those campers are going to want to try the local flavor of the community, and with Interstate 80 close by, getting into town won’t take long. Eateries near the proposed park, such as Ikedas, and local farms like Machado Orchards should be able to the see the benefits of this new park in the form of new customers. A trip down Bell Road or a ride farther down I-80 will bring campers in contact with even more of Auburn’s sights and businesses. Concerns over squalor and a dilapidated property are valid, but what is proposed is quite different from the Glen Oaks Mobile Home Park that residents referred to and has been the subject of several stories in the pages of the Journal. The park has since been bought by new owners and efforts to clean up the park are already underway. Unlike mobile home parks, where some homes have wheels, but aren’t hooked up to the back of a truck, or have a V8 engine attached to it, RV parks are more vacation destination than permanent residence. The commission is right to reduce the amount of days one can stay at the proposed park — 180 seems like quite the extended stay. And with the planning department working to make sure all RVs in the park under the conditional use permit are operational, this will help ensure that people can’t just let their hunk of junk die in the RV park. Let’s also not forget that responsibility lies with ownership as well, and so far Reese seems ready to make sure the facility remains pristine. One of his goals in proposing this project is to reduce the illegal dumping that is currently going on at this piece of property. What would you rather see? Old couches and tires, or a well-maintained facility? And one would think Reese wouldn’t want to be the owner of run-down RV park that is situated right next door to his restaurant, where he wants to entice customers. Allowing a well-maintained park that lets families and snowbirds and the like enjoy the beauty of the Sierra foothills and bring extra commerce to the area can’t be a bad thing.