RV park planners a no-show

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2005

The appeal hearing for Washington-based developers who were denied their request to build an RV park near VIP Estates by the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission was over not long after it started.

Had there been a spokesperson for the Blue Sky Pilots Trust at the meeting Tuesday, it might have gone longer.

The company would like to build a 100-unit-plus camper park across from Robinson's Mini Mall on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Mae Brower, Blue Sky Pilots Trust managing director, said nobody from the company attended the meeting because they were unaware of when it was scheduled.

"We filled out the appeal, but we were not informed very well. There were no dates set for the meeting by phone or e-mail. We got a letter in the mail postmarked the 21st of December, but we got it at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, too late to do anything. Ken (Ken Jayne, executive trustee) was reading the notice as the meeting was beginning. Apparently it was lost in the holiday mail," she said.

Brower said Jayne declined to go on the record.

"This is over. Other than that ... no comment," she said.

Opposition to the park was loud and clear at the hearing.

Karen Koester, a VIP Estates resident, testified in strong aversion to an RV park. She said her neighborhood is important to Kenai, and that transient visitors would not be good for the area. She called upon the board to preserve and protect the neighborhood from the appealed request.

David Daniel, 10-year VIP resident, said the park would bring excess and dangerous traffic.

"Folks who come from the Outside don't get it. They don't understand local traffic rules. It's only a matter of time before a child is hit by someone. We're talking about little people's lives here. How would you feel if an RV park was going in your backyard?" Daniel asked.

VIP resident Gerald Brookman testified that it disturbed him Blue Sky Pilots would show so much contempt for the residents by not attending the meeting for which it appealed.

The board of adjustment will make a decision on the proposed park within 30 days.

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