City Denies Zoning for Planned $1.3M RV Park
In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday night (May 6), Gauthier, Miss., Mayor Gordon Gollott and the city council upheld a planning commission recommendation to deny a zoning change for a 24-acre piece of property that would have allowed a $1.3 million development for an RV park, the Mississippi Press reported.
Developer Greg Williams wanted to locate a 100-site recreational vehicle park on the property. A public hearing was held on the request on April 3 by the planning commission.
Planning and Economic Development Director Chandra Nicholson argued for the change contending it was compatible with the surrounding area and made an appropriate buffer for existing uses.
Gollott told Williams, “I like what you are doing. If we continue to deny development nothing is going to happen here in our city. This is an opportunity to promote tourism.”
Williams had pointed out the benefits of the development to the economy and ecotourism.
Attorney John Hunter, speaking as a Gautier citizen, expressed concern as to how the park would increase traffic in the area which has a nearby elementary school.
Hunter pointed out the city has a beautiful RV resort at Indian Point owned by James Lee that has 50% vacancy.
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