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Request withdrawn for RV park rezone proposal
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Plans for a proposed RV park near a Bulloch County private school are on hold as the property owners “regroup” and review their options.

Lewis Properties LLP., owned by Tommy and Randy Lewis, recently withdrew its rezoning request regarding a parcel of land on Pulaski Road, said Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Director Randy Newman.

Tommy and Randy Lewis submitted an application in March to rezone 28.3 acres at Veterans Memorial Parkway and Pulaski Road from Ag-5 (Agricultural 5 acres) to HC (Highway Commercial) to allow for a recreational vehicle park and campground.

When the request was first made, several in the community, mainly parents of students attending Bulloch Academy on Westside Road, expressed opposition. Some concerns voiced by those against the proposed RV park included safety of students, as the parcel is in close proximity to the school, which is nestled between Westside Road and Pulaski Road.

An email sent to the Statesboro Herald Facebook page read, in part, “In addition to aesthetic concerns, many of our board members and parents have safety concerns if this rezoning is granted. While the majority of persons utilizing such a facility would no doubt be lovely, law-abiding people, such as retirees, it would unfortunately also lend itself to the very real possibility of a transient who is staying one or two nights with the intention of causing harm being right next to our K4-12 school."

The e-mail also stated the park could serve as a refuge for sex offenders who would not be required to register in the county if they were there less than 72 hours.

The matter was tabled twice before Randy and Tommy Lewis decided to withdraw their request, Newman said.

Lewis Properties paid an initial fee of $825, then  paid a fee of $200 each time the issue was tabled, according to documents regarding the rezone request.

Whether the company will continue to pursue hopes of building the RV park is still up in the air, said Randy Lewis.

“Plans are being refined, modified,” he said. “The project is not yet ready to proceed,” and the future of the property “is yet to be determined. We’re regrouping.”

Other permitted uses in the Highway Commercial zone include automobile towing, bus station, truck stop and storage and warehouse units.

 

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.