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Hearing on Fort McAllister-area RV park plan postponed
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A hearing on a proposal to allow a campground on 6.66 acres of land off Fort McAllister Road has been postponed until December at the request of the developer.

The plan to create a 25-lot RV park in an area the developer claims is already zoned to allow boat and RV storage has alarmed nearby residents, including Dick Kent, a retired Army colonel and former Bryan County Board of Education chairman.

In an email, Kent said “I have spoken to residents up and down Fort McAllister Road and in adjacent neighborhoods and have found total opposition to the proposal. We all realize that development is ongoing, but this is wrong.”

The application by Mark Gordon, an agent for the property’s owners, James and Paula Massey, said allowing the campground “would be a use that was more organized and beneficial to the neighboring uses, while not completely different from the uses already allowed.”

But those behind the RV park may be fighting an uphill battle. In addition to what Kent described as strong opposition from area residents, the county’s planning staff has also recommended against the proposal. In a report, it said the RV park “would negatively impact the overall character and land use pattern of the properties and neighborhoods nearby.”

The park could increase the number “of large vehicles,” on Fort McAllister Road “and may create dangerous traffic situations.”

Some have also expressed concern it could negatively impact Fort McAllister State Park while increasing the demand for county services such as wastewater treatment, law enforcement and fire protection.

The report said the Bryan County Environmental Health Department “expressed concern about the capacity to serve these lots with existing services. They estimate only nine lots could be supported by existing facilities.”

The report also found nearby wetlands could be negatively impacted by trash and sewage treatment.

The county’s planning commission generally meets the first Tuesday of each month. The next is set for Dec. 4.

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