Waynesville town planners are working to clarify existing zoning rules pertaining to outdoor recreation facilities.
The subject arose earlier this month when the Laurel Ridge Country Club pondered an RV park around its property to make up for lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was simply an idea. There are no plans for an RV park, campground or vacation rentals at the country club. But residents took their concerns to town leaders to argue the current outdoor recreation ordinance is too broad. The planning board is recommending an amendment.
“Creating a new definition for golf courses, new definition for campgrounds and RV parks and explicitly prohibiting campgrounds and RV parks in the town,” Land Use Administrator Byron Hickox said.
Laurel Ridge residents have voiced concerns that any nearby RV park or campground would negatively impact their property values.
The planning board's recommendation goes to the Board of Aldermen, who will set a public hearing on any zoning change.