After receiving little support from the community, the devlopers of the Four Seasons recreational vehicle park on Lake Anna have withdrawn their application for a special use permit in Spotsylvania County.
The project was first proposed in early 2021 and immediately drew negative attention from the community. One of the main concerns residents had was how the project would impact the harmful algae blooms in the upper reaches of the lake.
The Lake Anna Civic Association was also concerned about the project’s wastewater system.
When the permit application was first presented, the developers proposed 300 RV hookup sites with a matching number of boat slips. They later reduced the number of boat slips significantly, but that didn’t assuage concerns about excessive boat traffic
The Spotsylvania County Planning Commission’s public hearing on the project in November lasted five hours. The commission voted unanimously at a subsequent meeting in January against the development.
The developers could have still tried their luck with the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors, which has the final say on special use permits.
Supervisor Barry Jett, who serves the Livingston District where the RV park was proposed, passed away and was replaced in a special election by Jake Lane. Lane cast one of the votes against the project as the district’s planning commissioner.
“The community showed up in large numbers at multiple events to oppose this project,” Lane wrote in a Facebook page last week. “I cannot thank everyone involved enough for the efforts and time put into this.”
The developers, including Lonnie Carter and Northern Virginia-based Trey Wills, may still seek to develop the property in another way.
Carter and Wills are also planning the development of the Gateway commercial project at Wares Crossroads in Louisa County, where New Bridge Road and Zachary Taylor Highway (routes 208 and 522) meet.