Motorhome park proposed at lake

A pair of developers has proposed an upscale recreational vehicle park on the shores of Lake Anna in Orange and Spotsylvania counties.

The plan by Gary Griffith and Lonnie Carter calls for up to 175 spaces for RVs on 83 acres on the county line. The property borders the Pamunkey Creek portion of the lake on Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway).

The Orange County Planning Commission took its first look at the project, which requires a special use permit, in a meeting conducted via Zoom on Aug. 6. Another meeting is planned Aug. 20. Spotsylvania County has not yet had any public meetings on the proposal.

The developers said the RV park would be gated and only “Class A” vehicles of a recent age and in very good condition would be allowed to enter. The plan is for vehicle owners to buy their own lots. Griffith estimated sites could sell for as much as $400,000. The property would also include a clubhouse with swimming pool, picnic pavilions and walking trails.

During the meeting, Orange County planners questioned Griffith and Carter about how the property will be managed, the impact on traffic on Route 522 and whether a hydrological study is needed to ensure the site has good water capacity. One commissioner, Jason Capelle, criticized the proposal for including a general store, fueling station and other elements that broaden the project scope beyond merely an RV park.

“There’s going to be resistance to this and what we’re going to get hammered on is the details,” he said.

Carter said he has visited several similar facilities in nearby states and that they were well-managed. He said visitors would find “almost like an architectural review board” when they arrive at the park’s entrance gate.

The developers plan an onsite wastewater treatment system “well back from the lake,” Carter said.

Richard Jacobs, conservation specialist for Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, advised the planning commission to require a minimum 200-foot setback for development from Lake Anna and at least 50 feet from its tributaries. Spotsylvania County has similar setback requirements in its code.

Griffith and Carter are also working together on a large planned commercial development across Route 522 from Dickinson’s Store in Louisa County.

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