After more than five hours of listening to citizens' concerns over plans for an RV park, the Gilchrist County Commission opted to table the vote on topic until the Oct. 5th meeting.
Gilchrist County Commissioner Sharon Langford recused herself because her family members are the organizers of the opposition and opted to step out of the vote but remained to listen to the meeting.
Despite overwhelming opposition to the RV park with dozens speaking against it and a handful in favor, Commissioners Todd Gray and William Martin asked for more information on traffic, buffers, and the number of RV spaces.
The application for the SUP was submitted by Gary Dounson of Gary Dounson and Associates, Inc. for Aliventures, LLC. The proposal for the overnight RV park includes 374 sites, a swimming pool/clubhouse, a children's game arcade, a general store and sandwich shop, outdoor seasonal farmers market, a gopher tortoise theater, several office buildings and three distributed wastewater treatment systems with a central wastewater collection system to serve the RV sites.
The recommendation from the Gilchrist County planning staff was released on Friday, Sept. 18th. On page 6 of the document, the recommendation reads: "The proposed use is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code, and other applicable regulations.
"All of the property subject to the application for a Special Use Permit is in Agriculture usage, and is presently described as timberland as shown by the Gilchrist County Property Appraiser's Office. The requested use of the property is an allowable use under the Land Development Regulations."
To see the application, supporting documents, and the County recommendation statement click here.