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For more than 20 years, Clover, S.C., resident Linden Smith has welcomed RVs to his 12-acre mobile-home park. It wasn’t until almost a year ago that 64-year-old Smith found out his Hillcrest Mobile Home Park was not in compliance with the town’s zoning ordinance, according to The Herald newspaper of Rock Hill, S.C.
Soon after, Smith made a request to town officials to permit RVs in his mobile-home park.
The Clover Town Council recently gave initial approval to amend the zoning ordinance to accommodate Smith’s request.
The proposed additions to the zoning ordinance are:
• RVs can be located in designated manufactured home parks of at least 12 acres.
• RVs must be set up on individual lots, with separate utilities, on a maximum of 20% of the lots in the park.
• RV lots must not be visible from main thoroughfares.
• No RV shall be located in the park for more than 90 days within a 180-day period.
• No RV shall be placed in the park for rental purposes. Also, no camping tents are allowed in the park.
Smith, who had two motorhomes on his property earlier this month, said his mobile-home park has been able to accommodate people who visit the area and some Duke Power employees, who work at the Catawba Nuclear Station.
“It’s an advantage to the town to have that service,” Smith said. “When you have facilities in town that prove to be workable, why would you want to shut them down? It’s not like it’s something new.”
However, one of the town council members who objected to the change said RVers looking for a campground can travel less than 10 miles to Kings Mountain State Park.
“We’re not a resort town and I don’t want us to become a resort town,” that council member said.