With the number of new RVs flooding our roadways and campgrounds and the failure of new campgrounds and RV parks to keep up with the increasing demand for campsites, it seems a move in the wrong direction when the building of new RV parks is thwarted.
At its meeting Tuesday, July 10, the Rockport, Texas, City Council approved an ordinance implementing a temporary moratorium on new RV parks pending the completion of the city’s comprehensive land use plan, reported the Rockport Pilot.
“We’re getting a lot of Conditional Use Permit requests for RV parks, especially along the Highway 35 Bypass,” said Community Planner Amanda Torres.
She said the time to look at the city’s land use map is when it’s updating its comprehensive plan, which has not been updated in a number of years.
“We aren’t shutting down RV parks in the city,” said Public Works Director Mike Donoho. He added, “Do we want to line our prime real estate on the bypass with RV parks?” The master plan update should be completed by next summer, but the initial moratorium is only good for 180 days, though it can be extended by council vote. All RV park applications now in process will be allowed.