HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Developers in Henderson County are working to purchase Etowah Valley Golf & Resort and turn a portion of it into an RV park. Since finding out about the plan, many nearby residents have been working to stop it.
RV park would be a nightmare, Etowah Valley residents say of plans for nearby golf course
Julie Brandt said they just found out about Tribute Investment and Development Inc.'s proposal two weeks ago.
“I have walked that golf course for 32 years, and it breaks my heart to see what’s going to happen to it,” she said.
Brandt said the developer wants to build 343 RV parking spaces. She said the idea is to create the RV park around the 27-hole course. Brandt said two of the course's three nine-hole configurations would be affected.
Brandt said the nine holes that she lives on will be reduced to five and the RV spots will be a central part of that acreage.
She’s upset that she and many of her neighbors will not have acres of woodlands to look at anymore. Instead, the view outside their windows will be of an RV park and those staying there.
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Brandt said plans call for another road to be added into the park and a sewage treatment plant, which means a lot more traffic, pollution and noise for nearby residents.
“It’s going to get quite busy in the backyard, and it’s not going to be tranquil any longer,” she said.
Brandt said their quiet and peaceful neighborhood will be gone and the face of the golf course will also be changed.
She said her property value recently went up by 30%, and, if this RV park is built, she will lose 25% of her home value.
“I’ll be paying taxes on a home that has just increased in value 33% and I’ll be paying taxes on a home that’s actually not even worth that anymore if it goes through,” Brandt said.
Paula Hahn expressed similar concerns.
Hahn said she and her husband moved to the area from Colorado. She said, when they pulled into the driveway of what is now their home, they saw the golf course and knew that’s where they were going to live.
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For her, the possibility of an RV park being built there would be her worst nightmare.
“I could not believe it. I figured out of all scenarios this is like the worst scenario,” Hahn said.
Brandt and Hahn said they’re working to get legal counsel to fight the plan. And there's even a neighborhood group opposing the RV park.
“We’ve got a website, we’ve got Facebook pages, we have an email address, and I’ve been receiving 10 to 15 emails every day on how can I help, what can I do,” Hahn said.
Henderson County officials said the project is in the early stages.
On May 31, the Zoning Board of Adjustment will begin reviewing the merit of the application.
On that same day, residents said they will also be able to present their side to the board of why they don’t believe this park should be built on the golf course.
The county said it’s too early to tell how long the review of the developer’s application will take.
News13 also reached out to the developer and has yet to hear a response.
To see more about the neighbors' work to stop the process of the park being built, click here.