The Richmond County Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider plans for a Recreational Vehicle Park at its next meeting, set for July 10 at 7 p.m. in Rockingham.
Louis McNair, by way of his attorney Benny Sharpe, is requesting a conditional use permit to develop and operate a RV park off of Lincoln Avenue, in the Mizpah Road area of the Ashley Chapel Community in Rockingham.
According to planning staff, the request was first submitted under the name of Louis McNair but the actual applicant is Royal Cribb. The 16-acre property has four lots and is vacant. The property is zoned Rural Residential.
The site plan indicates the development of the RV park will be done in four phases, each phase consisting of 17 spaces.
“As of this date, the developer has not yet contacted the Richmond County Environmental Health Section,” wrote the planning staff in a case summary to be presented to the board. “Apparently the applicant is waiting on the outcome of this application process before pursuing septic approval. Pending septic design, the site plan could change substantially in terms of RV-space layout.”
“I’m trying to get it open,” said Cribb about his park. Cribb is from Chadbourn. “It’s going to be mostly for traveling and working people like myself, to cut down on their driving time. If my permit comes through, I would like to open in the next couple of months.”
Planning Board meetings are open to the public and are held in the Commissioners Chambers in the County Administrative Building at 125 S. Hancock St., Rockingham.
The board will also review a request by Unimin Corporation, located in Marston, to rezone a parcel of property owned by the corporation. The property is now zoned as Agricultural Residential, and the board will consider rezoning it to Heavy Industrial.
“This property is adjacent to our other mine properties,” said Unimin Corporations Plant Manger Joe Howell. “This property was acquired recently. This is the only piece of property we have that is not rezoned. We can’t go onto the property until it’s rezoned. We have property on two sides and we are trying to extend our mining boundaries.”
Also on the agenda is Lee Berry, owner of the Strawberry Patch on Highway 220 near the on-ramp of Exit 8, who has made a request for a new billboard, for which he will need a conditional use permit. He applied for one in February to be placed on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s right-of-way, but said that location didn’t work out.
“The visibility was not correct,” said Berry. “There were trees on the right-of-way, what I would call just saplings that aren’t good for anything, but there is a law about cutting vegetation on a right-of-way.”
Berry said the NCDOT’s height qualifications for signs didn’t match what he had planned, and ultimately said it wasn’t worth it.
“The other permit is still good, but I’m going to let it run out,” said Berry.
This time around, Berry has applied for a conditional use permit to place a billboard on the southbound side of Highway 220, “To let people know on the way to the beach that they need to stop by.” Berry plans to place the billboard between Exit 8 and 11, about 2,000 feet north of the Green Lake Road overpass. The property is owned by Walter Stancil, consists of 16 acres and is being used as farmland with a single family dwelling. This property is zoned Rural Residential and falls within Highway Commercial Overlay District.
The board will consider making this conditional use permit into an amendment to the conditional use permit Berry was granted in February.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.