Garfield County OKs RV park near Rifle | PostIndependent.com

Garfield County OKs RV park near Rifle

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Garfield County commissioners gave the go-ahead for a 60-space camper park south of the county airport after several nearby residents voiced their opposition to the project.The county commissioners approved a special use permit for the Mamm Camp RV Park on 35.75 acres about one mile south of the Garfield County Airport outside Rifle. Commissioners John Martin and Larry McCown voted in support of it, while Commissioner Trési Houpt voted against it.The company behind the proposed Mamm Camp RV Park is the 319 Water Company, which is owned by Jimmy Sills. He has told county officials the intent of the camper park is to fill a niche for RV spaces to accommodate temporary workers and their families needed within the gas industry, according to a county report.However, no one can live in the RV park longer than 120 days under the county’s current regulations.Several residents who live nearby spoke out against the proposed RV park, saying it would change the character of the area.”My main concern is for the safety of our families and our kids and anybody else that might be in the area,” said Bret Closs, who lives on Grass Mesa near the proposed park. “We are not going to get a bunch of bankers and lawyers moving into the RV park.”But after the commissioners reached their decision, Sills said, “The commissioners took a realistic view of his project.””We have a need for RV parks,” said Sills, adding there was misperception that his future RV park is akin to man camps at area well pads.The county’s planning commission recommended that county commissioners approve the proposed project on April 23 after Sill and others behind the project reduced the number of camper spaces from 100 to 60. However, county staff recommended denying the proposed project because there were several “deficiencies” with the proposed RV park, like not adequately determining the traffic impact on the county road system, according to a county report. McCown voiced concerns about the feelings of fear shown toward oil and gas workers living in RV parks in the area.”It is a camper park, it is not affordable housing,” McCown said. Houpt said she had a problem with creating RV parks scattered around the community. That process creates sub-communities and doesn’t fully integrate them into the community, she said. She also voted against it because of county staff recommendations and technical issues involved with the RV park.”It makes no sense to me to start establishing camper parks anywhere there is a free piece of land in this county,” Houpt said.But Commissioner Martin said that the county needs camper parks and that there are elitist attitudes that exist both among people who live in them and those who have never lived in an RV park.”We also have prejudice,” Martin said. “We also have an application the staff doesn’t feel comfortable with. I own houses, and I live in a RV (sometimes). I love living in my RV. It is a choice of lifestyle.”• On Monday, the county commissioners also approved a 56-housing-unit subdivision called Valley View Commons in Battlement Mesa. It will be built on 7.9 acres on the southwest corner of Battlement Mesa Parkway and Stone Quarry Drive, according to a county report on the project. The property for the proposed subdivision is owned by Darter LLC.The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the subdivision.• The Garfield County commissioners also approved a $54,978 contract to EnivroTec Systems for it to install a membrane “bio-reactor” to produce 3,000 gallons per day of “high quality water” free of contaminants from the sewage lagoons currently at the landfill. Water will be used for dust control, composting operations and irrigation at the landfill, according to a county document.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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