RV parks

ON THE AGENDA — A January public hearing will be set to consider whether additional campgrounds and RV parks will be allowed before the comprehensive Unified Development Ordinance is finalized early next year.

MAGGIE VALLEY — At the agenda-setting meeting Tuesday, the Maggie Valley governing board had a lively discussion about upcoming issues to be taken up at the Tuesday, Dec. 14 meeting.

Here’s what was discussed.

RV parks and campgrounds

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Owens suggested the board remove RV parks, campgrounds and RV Planned Unit Developments from the permitted use categories in zoning districts C-1 and C-2, the only areas such uses were allowed.

“We had the largest election turnout in history,” Owens said. “We heard over and over, please, no more campgrounds in Maggie Valley.”

Town Manager Nathan Clark said that would require a public hearing and a text amendment. While the earliest the hearing could be set is January, Clark said the board could vote to establish the public hearing date Tuesday.

Alderman Tammy Wight said campgrounds have been discussed for years, and that while some can be an eyesore, they fit into a tourism community known for the outdoors.

“What kind of message are we sending to those in the RV world,” she asked.

Clark said the proposal would be a good short-term fix until the issue could be addressed more strategically when the Unified Development Ordinance is adopted early next year.

The public hearing would allow citizens the chance to speak out on the issue, he added.


On Tuesday, the governing board will decide what type of zoning will govern 1.67 acres of property along Soco Road owned by Adam and Samantha Hambleton.

The property owner is requesting to annex a portion of the property currently not inside the town limits and would like a high density residential zoning designation.

A zoning decision will also be made on 17.66 acres of land owned by Robert Hotchkiss at 751 Soco Road where a single family home is located.

The planning board has recommended a split zoning designation with low- and medium-density areas, while the staff recommendation is for a high-density designation which would technically allow for up to 109 lots to be built.

The topography of the mountainous site will likely limit the number of possible dwellings, it was agreed.

The public hearings for the regular December meeting start at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

The board also designated Owens to represent the town on the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. Mayor Mike Eveland has served in that role, but has reached the end of the term limit.

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