6/29/2013 11:20:00 AM Town Council approves use permit on site of new library Despite public concern, Town also endorses expansion of Sunland RV/Trailer Park
Camp Verde resident Diana Leibel, foreground, says that by adding more spaces to the Sunland RV/Trailer Park in Camp Verde, “we’re asking for more traffic and more problems.” VVN/Bill Helm
Camp Verde Community Library director Kathy Hellman listens to Camp Verde Town Council discuss, then approve, Resolution 2013-892 during Wednesday’s Council meeting on planning and zoning matters. VVN/Bill Helm
CAMP VERDE - During Wednesday's Camp Verde Town Council meeting on planning and zoning matters, the Council approved resolution 2013-892, for a use permit on parcel 404-19-018D, the site of the current library.
The use permit pertains to the library's design and the exterior, which after Wednesday's meeting have still not been finalized. In April, the Council approved the construction and site of the new two-story, 17,000 square foot library on the site of the old Camp Verde Marshal's Office.
"I'm very excited to be moving forward and getting on to the next phase," Library director Kathy Hellman said.
"We've planned for a long time for this location," Vice Mayor Jackie Baker said. "I think you'll be happy once this is done. I think everyone in the Verde Valley, even the state, will be proud of this."
According to Mike Jenkins, Community Development Director for Camp Verde, the Town "is not required to follow its own zoning ordinance. This is proven by law."
The Council also approved Resolution 2013-894, for Use Permit 20130138, to add five RV spaces to the Sunland RV/Trailer Park in Camp Verde. The park, located at 671 S. 4th St., currently has 11 RV/trailer spaces and an affixed rental home. In addition to the increase of RV spaces, Greg Blue, owner of the park, plans to remove the existing storage building, enclose the rubbish area and add a laundry room and a new storage area, which would be used for containment of Sunland's maintenance equipment.
"With the plans that Mr. Blue has presented, they look like a wonderful improvement and a big plus for everyone," council member Jackie Baker said.
Though residents at Sunland may be pleased with the expected upgrades, neighbors of the facility approached the Council, saying that expanding Sunland was not good for the neighborhood.
"I think by adding more spaces, we're asking for more traffic and more problems," said Diana Leibel, a neighbor of Sunland. "Nobody stops at the stop sign. We have a quiet neighborhood and we want to keep it that way."
"I sympathize with the neighbors with the speeding," council member Carol German said.
"When you have speeding in a 25-mile per-hour zone, and people are zipping around at 50 miles per hour, I would like to see the residents talking with the marshal about it."
"All of us are neighbors," said Mary Gabbard, who lives across from Sunland. "We are unhappy about the traffic. We have had several incidents. I'm getting to be sorry that I bought my home. It's dangerous here. We've got to do something about the speed."
Blue said he appreciates the concerns of his neighbors. But he does not agree with them.
"I've talked to all my residents about the neighborhood concern. I've talked to the marshal. As far as [the neighborhood] concern with the transients, most of my residents are long-term."
According to Blue, Sunland rents to residents for a minimum of 30 days.
Though the Council approved the proposed expansion of the park, German reminded Blue that the use permit could later be rescinded.
"In our usual use permits, if we get multiple complaints, we have the right to revoke that use permit," German said. "Just because we may approve the use permit doesn't mean we won't revoke it."