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1/23/2014 12:21:00 PM
New RV park proposed for SR 260

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE -- An RV park named Sedona Views is proposed to be built along SR 260, giving competition to existing RV parks, Thousand Trails and Distant Drums and raising the visitor accommodations in the Verde Valley.

Michael Mongini presented his proposal to the Yavapai Planning Commission Wednesday morning in Cottonwood. The Commission unanimously recommended approval by the Yavapai County Supervisors, which would be scheduled for a vote next month.

The application calls for a zoning map change from Industrial General Limited to Planned Area Development. Planner Tammy DeWitt explained to commissioners that such parks are not allowed in the M1 zone and the PAD will allow for the phasing that is proposed.

Mongini said he has received formal support for the park from all but three of his neighbors and those three verbally have supported the proposal.

The 35 acres on which the project would be built is located in the business park community surrounding the Steve Coury dealerships. The proposed site, however, is outside both Camp Verde Town and Cottonwood City limits. Mongini said there are no plans to annex the land into either municipality.

Mongini is proposing 299 RV sites and storage spaces for 274 units. The park is to be named Sedona Views.

From the hilltop position, Mongini said you can see the red rocks of Sedona, but not the buildings in the business park below which are screened by the terrain from view.

The most discussion involved a proposed arched entryway to be crafted from a former railroad overpass structure. Mongini said it would stand 27-feet high and 27-feet wide to accommodate RV movement.

Commissioner Curt Lindner was worried that if the lighted sign at 27 feet tall on a hill that was another 25 feet or more, with lights on the structure, would be 50-feet tall or higher. The commission asked that that sign be relocated off the hilltop to a lower location.

Mongini said his partnership also operates the Happy Jack Lodge with RV spaces with a similar entry way structure and they are very sensitive to 'dark sky' issues, because of the nearby Discovery Telescope.

When asked, Mongini said there were no plans for permanent placement of units on the property, though there might be a couple "park models" as there are in Happy Jack, but certainly "not like Munds Park, where every unit is a park model."

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