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Proposed RV park irks residents

Developer says park is “most logical” use for property
By: Amber Marra, Journal Staff Writer
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A proposed RV park next to Dingus McGee's has raised some concerns among residents who live around it.

The Headquarter RV Park would occupy a 5-acre piece of land next to Dingus McGee's restaurant with 51 recreational vehicle units, a general store and a manager's unit.

To have an RV park there, the landowner and applicant, Michael Reese, president of Old Woodside Construction & Development, must obtain a conditional use permit from the Placer County Planning Commission.

On Aug. 9, a hearing was held for the commission to discuss the RV park, the permit, and hear from the public on the matter. The decision on whether or not to grant the permit was postponed after the commission heard some concerns regarding the park.

Reese said he thinks it's a "pretty logical use for the property" and that he hopes an RV park would deter people from dumping their trash there illegally.

"It's been a real challenge," Reese said.

Diane Tomlinson, who lives a half mile away from the property where the park would be, doesn't like the idea of a 51-space RV park because she fears the people who rent spaces will be there to stay.

"It's not a matter of trying to control what someone does with their land; it's a matter of a way of life out here for those of us that developed it," Tomlinson said.

Recreational vehicles coming to the proposed park would have been able to stay for up to 180 days under the original proposal, according to Paul Thompson, deputy planning director for Placer County.

Thompson also said the planning department will also be looking to ensure all RVs in a park under a conditional use permit are operational.

Tomlinson said she doesn't want RVs staying there that long because she thinks the park will become a twin to the nearby Glen Oaks Mobile Home Park, which has been inspected in recent months by the state Department of Housing and Community Development after tenants complained about trash and open sewer lines. Glen Oaks has since been bought and is under new management.

"So the planning commission said ‘no, it should be less than that' and now we're checking to see what limits other RV parks have and we'll come back with something else," Thompson said. "We're not sure what that will be at this point, but we're investigating."

Reese said he would never allow the property to deteriorate and that he gave his name and number to those who voiced concerns at the planning commission hearing. He has only heard from one person so far.

"We have made substantial improvements to the property and the last thing we want is to have a negative impact," Reese said.

He added that the property would be perfect for an RV park because of it's proximity to not only Dingus McGee's, but also Interstate 80. Reese also owns the Dingus McGee's property.

Helga White, who owns property near the proposed RV park, said she would be comfortable with the plans for the park going through as long as it is maintained.

"If the RVs were there for the short term as vacation rentals that probably would not bother me too much, but it's very easy to stay longer and let it get dilapidated like the other mobile home park in the area," White said.

In addition to a conditional use permit, Reese needs the planning commission to recommend the Placer County Board of Supervisors approve an amendment to the Auburn/Bowman Community Plan to reconfigure existing commercial and open space.

Thompson said the action would not have any direct impact on the area because it doesn't add any commercial zoning.

"It's like taking excess zoning on the property and configuring it where they want to develop the RV park," Thompson said.

The planning commission will hold another hearing to determine whether or not to grant a conditional use permit to Reese for the Headquarter RV Park on Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.

Contact Amber Marra at amberm@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @Amber_AJNews.