Paso Robles’ newest RV park/resort is now approved, despite some changes to the project that ignited concerns from a group of neighbors concerned about perceived impacts.

On Tuesday (Feb. 16), the Paso Robles Planning Commission voted 4-3 with commissioners Joel Peterson, Chuck Treatch and Margaret Holstine dissenting to approve changes made to the Paso Robles Recreational Vehicle Resort and approved its application, the Paso Robles Press reported.

The resort, located on a 73-acre site, was originally reviewed by the commission last month but was continued to allow more time for city staff to work with the applicants to gather information following issues raised by the commissioners and a group of vehemently opposed neighbors and nearby residents.

“I’m in favor of the project,” said Commissioner Doug Barth. “I think they have done a lot of work, and I think they’ve addressed the concerns of the neighbors. It’s denser in some spaces, granted, but I think the applicant has taken a project, tweaked it a little bit and made it fit into today’s environment and actually made it better.”

He went on to say, “It’s not perfect, but I think it’s a good project. I think that ultimately this will end up a better situation for all.”

According to project representative Larry Werner of North Coast Engineering, changes made to the project were the direct result of the economy, and the changes made thereafter were designed to coincide with residents’ concerns. Among them, the location of fencing, traffic impact fee confusion, RV stacking at the registration office/entry road, number of tent camping sites, check-in hours, drainage and architectural elevations.

The project entitlements were originally approved back in 2009 as a high-end motorcoach resort. However, the new changes changed the project focus from a motorcoach resort to an RV park. That was the crux of many of the neighbors’ concerns.

Werner said that the changes were made, in part, because approval came when the economy was “going off the cliff.”

“In today’s world it’s not a viable approach,” Werner said of the motorcoach approach, adding that the project changed in the last five years to have more broad uses, including several sites available for campers who may be visiting the RVs at the site. There are roughly 10 such sites on the project.

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