FLORESVILLE -- The continued need for accommodations for workers lured to South Central Texas by the ongoing petrochemical exploration of the Eagle Ford shale has caused recreational-vehicle (RV) parks to spring up along the U.S. 181 corridor. This is much to the chagrin of a group of residents and business owners who packed the March 28 special meeting of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee.
Prior to acting upon three applications for special use permits to establish RV parks at 1956 Sutherland Springs Road, 2220 10th St. (U.S. 181), and 1331 Sutherland Springs Road, audience members were allowed to weigh in during a public hearing.
Among those to speak during the hearing was Lisa Rodriguez, who along with her husband Eric, owns the Brick Wall Apartments on Lone Oak Drive near U.S. 181. She is against the parks on Sutherland Springs Road, because of her unfavorable experience with the Creekside RV Park on U.S. 181, which runs adjacent to the apartment complex’s property.
Rodriguez said they decided to locate there because of the proposed commercial development of Lone Oak Drive, which is located in the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s Lone Oak Business Park. Instead, she said she has had to deal with vandalism, trespassing, and trash from the already existing RV park.
“Look at the long-term picture, not just a quick buck,” Rodriguez said.
Eric Rodriguez expressed concerns about the diminished property value that could accompany such development, along with a possible decrease in water pressure. The latter could pose a problem if ever the apartment complex’s fire sprinkler system should need to operate.
Floresville businessman Jim Miller reminded those in attendance that the Floresville City Council recently viewed a draft of the city’s master plan. One of the items addressed was the increasing population of temporary workers. The plan, he said, also emphasized the increasing need for upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment system, which suffers a greater burden with continued development.
Robert Starnes, who applied for the permit to establish the RV park at 1956 Sutherland Springs Road, attempted to reassure the audience that he is not looking to build another “man camp.” Rather, he wishes for the 90- to 95-unit park to be an upscale RV resort, complete with a swimming pool and hot tub.
A public hearing also was held on a fourth application. This one was for a request to rezone 1813 Standish St. from single-family residential to commercial for establishment of a “small business.” Pete and Sylvia Martinez opposed the request because of concerns that the proposed business could compromise a shared right of way.
The property’s owner, Bradley Lamberth, said he and his wife plan to construct a 2,500-square-foot structure on the property, to which they would relocate their San Antonio-based business. Lamberth said they specialize in laminating, engraving, custom banners and signs, custom stamps, and more. Most of their customer base, he said, makes its orders by telephone, Internet, and mail order, meaning that traffic at the shop would be minimal.
Upon closing the public hearings, committee members:
•Followed the recommendation of Floresville City Attorney Louis Rosenberg, who told the committee to table action on the three RV- park applications. Rosenberg said the applications all were incomplete. Cyndi Nichols of the city’s Permits Office said an error with the Wilson County Appraisal District addressed the third park as 1331 Sutherland Springs Road, when its physical location is 1345 Sutherland Springs Road.
•Approved two separate items related to special use rezoning and replatting of 703-1/2 Fourth St., where an RV park will be established behind Eagle Wrecker.
•Approved the rezoning of 1813 Standish St.
In attendance: Board members Robert Leal, David Jaramillo, Chris Talamantez, Philip Vipond, and Teddi Harllee, Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits Office, Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin, and Floresville City Attorney Louis Rosenberg