Some Lowcountry neighbors could soon get an RV park they’ve been protesting. In a public hearing on Monday night, Beaufort County Council voted 6 to 4 in favor of rezoning some Pritchardville property off of Gibbet Road, which would allow for the campground its owners plan to build.
The 35 acres of land on Huggins Hollow Lane, owned by Steve Huggins, are rezoned to a T-2 zone, which would allow for an RV park that property agent Deanna Hubbard has been pushing.
“I feel like the council did a wonderful job. I applaud them,” Hubbard says.
Hubbard says the back part of her family’s property, where there are currently several mobile homes, will be transformed to a campground for families.
The idea has been protested for weeks, ever since the second reading of the ordinance for the land’s rezoning.
A Beaufort County Board of Education member, Evva Anderson, has led the protests; she lives near the site. On Monday, Anderson spoke during public comment and delivered letters to Council from other neighbors on their opposition of a campground.
Anderson worries over the activity in the residential area that a transient atmosphere could bring, a potential crime spike she believes the coming and going could foster.
“You don’t really know the types of activities, other than a high, could potentially be a high traffic, for one thing,” Anderson told NEWS 3.
Anderson asked Council to vote against the rezoning. Those who voted against it were council members Cynthia Bensch, Stu Rodman, Steve Forbes, and Rick Caporale.
“The outcry of the community, we have to pay attention to,” Cynthia Bensch says.
Bensch lives within the district where the park would go.
“We’ve seen no letter of intent for financing. We’ve seen no plan, we’ve seen nothing,” she says.
However, Councilman Brian Flewelling argues it is not the duty of the Council to regulate which, out of the allowed developments under T-2, the landowners choose. The vote on Monday solely downs the zone in which the campground would be allowed, among other uses.
Hubbard voluntarily offered-up the family’s idea of an RV park for public knowledge, she says.
“I did that as a courtesy to the neighbors, because I felt that that’s what should have been done,” Hubbard says.
She says the council’s vote was a victory to property owners’ rights in Beaufort County.