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Ravenwood RV Resort approved

Facility intended to serve visitors to Silverwood

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 12:15 am

Despite hundreds of mailed-in notices opposed to the project, the Kootenai County commissioners voted 2-1 this week to approve a new RV resort intended to serve visitors to Silver-wood Theme Park.

The officials added mitigating conditions to the seasonal Ravenwood RV Resort, however, like a reduced unit density and a required quiet time at night.

"It looked like they complied with our ordinances," said Commissioner Jai Nelson on Wednesday of the project applicants. "I think it's goingto be a good project for the area and it will support Silverwood and tourism in the summer months."

The commissioners approved a conditional use permit for the resort on Tuesday, after a hearing continued from last week to allow for a site visit.

Although neighbors had written to the county with concerns like safety issues and noise, the elected officials agreed with the hearing examiner that the resort is an allowable use on the 17.2 acres on Pope Road, a mile south of Silverwood.

"This has some economic benefits and some tourism benefits which we also want to promote," Nelson said, noting that Silverwood is visible from the resort site.

The commissioners did attach conditions to the project, including a required quite time between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The resort must also build a vegetative buffer around the property and a 6-foot fence on top of that.

The officials also dropped the requested density of 18 cabins and 144 RV spaces. The resort will be restricted to a total 114 units overall, which the applicants can divide into RV spaces and cabins.

"Hopefully we mitigated some of the concerns of the neighboring properties," Nelson said.

Jeff Priest, the Hayden contractor pursuing the resort with Bob Thomas of Carson City, Nev., was elated by the commissioners' decision.

"It sounds great," Priest said, adding that he and Thomas aim to open the resort on May 1, 2014.

The lower density requirement is a disappointment he can live with, he said. The project had already been designed to include a buffer, he added.

Priest reiterated that the resort is intended to house Silverwood guests and will be open from May 1 to Sept. 30.

The resort, which will include a pool, playground, store and tennis court, will hopefully be a refuge for tourists to "come and relax and have a great family experience," Priest said.

Hopefully that will be true, said Carol Eachon, whose property borders the resort site.

After writing to the county with criticism for the project, Eachon said she hopes the buffer and fence will prevent resort guests from bothering her family's horses and cows.

The restricted density also helps alleviate her worries about noise and other issues, she said.

"I think there are some pretty good restrictions on it," Eachon acknowledged, adding that she still has worries about impacts on local property values. "(Priest) said he would keep it quiet and keep it nice. He said it's going to be a top-notch location, and I hope they stick to that."

Commissioner Todd Tondee, who voted against approval, could not be reached on Wednesday.

Priest said he doesn't expect neighbors will be as aggravated as they've suggested.

"We're going to be a great neighbor, they will see, once this gets going," he said.

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  • JoeIdaho posted at 8:24 am on Fri, Aug 17, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Whatever; "idahoguy".

    According to your FALSE analogies, unless you get back in the woods, you're not "camping", right?

    MAYBE if you REALLY wanted to protest the "taking of nature" (or is it "not in my backyard") you'd have whined about Silverwood. but nope, thatgace you JOBS, and you liked that, huh?

    So all people that develop a property to run themselves are "developers" and should all be treated the same? That means that we should see all peopel that live here as having no teeth, and no common sense, either. Better not start a business here; idahogurl will see you as "changin' nature" or "not campin' deep enough in the woods".....

    And flashy, asphalt is GOOD for you.

  • bullman3 posted at 11:38 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    bullman3 Posts: 142

    The new hirise I doubt would be built if not for McCuen scrub. Too bad commoners dont know what goes on behind closed doors.

  • idahoguy posted at 6:35 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Ha Ha ha ha ... fabulous camp ground... try the real woods or the State park up the road fifteen miles....
    Bunch of cities wimps camp next to a major highway to get away from it all ;-0
    This rearend hole will have 95 feet from the edge of the RV units, a super major railroad next to that with screaming thundering trains all day and all night blowing their endless loud horns every time they cruise by. No peace and quiet time now ;-0 HA HA HA that should shake those limp wristed campers out of their beds. There use to be deer, elk and other major herds in that area... now there are just dead road killed animals, loud trains and a low income cracker jack housing development across the street.

    But folks this is progress to some. Zoning incorrectly does not make it right.

    If you call that camping you are freeking insane my friend just freeking insane.

    PS I could give and deers but whether you think the developer is a nice guy. I never meant a nice developer myself just look at the prairie....

  • Flash Gordon posted at 6:29 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1484

    It's not a camp ground. It's an rv "park" that will be almost entirely composed of asphalt as its base. The original density of this project was far greater than the Coeur d' alene RV Park that borders I-90 in Post Falls. The "compromise" by Green and Nelson now means that on any given day, if fully occupied, about 75% of the city of Athol will be compacted on to 17 acres in a designated rural zone next to the Eachons and the other residents residing on Corbin Hill Road. It just doesn't fit....but apparently will now:)

    I recall Jai Nelson being motivated to run for county commissioner because of the Black Rock project that threatened her rural life style that bounded her 20 acres of property. She objected to that. What 's happened since her election to her current position? Seems hypocritical contradictory even when making the comparison to the Eachons. She'd never ever accept the Ravenswood RV Park being adjacent to her precious 20 acres.....nor would Mr. Green.....nor would Mr. Tondee.......

  • JoeIdaho posted at 5:03 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    If that's true, interested, I'm wrong, and apologize. That campground is going to be awesome, and Jeff is a GREAT addition to this area.

  • interested posted at 12:12 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    interested Posts: 1

    Tondee did not vote against the project, he voted against the other 2 Commissioner's restricting and redesigning the project. He understood that this is borderline illegal and voted against their motion. Todee was for the project just not for the restrictions.

    This will be a fabulous campground! I can't wait to be a customer, good job Jeff Priest and verdis...

  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:02 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    And Tondee, you lost my vote because you don't FOLLOW THE LAW.

    Also, to Ms Eachon, honey, you own property along Hwy 95, next to Silverwood.
    HOW can you expect that your horses "won't be disturbed"?????

    I WONDER if the 3,000 construction vehicles & logging trucks that pass EVERY DAY will have more effect on your horses than a cmapground?
    How stupid.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 8:58 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    OK Ladies, look:
    The land itself is ZONED to RV Parks, has been for years, and the property was purchased to BE developed as an RV Park.

    The Commissioners did the right thing, they approved what the County had already planned as use for that property.

    Idahoguy, the person that is the primary driver in this is Jeff Priest. He's about 35-40 years old, and is NOT a rich guy, but has a partner in the guy from Nevada. Jeff is doing this to support his family; it's a big project for him, and it will be successful, as Jeff is not just a good guy, but an honest one, too. His project is NOT a "dump project", instead actually relying on excellent plans in an area that needs more full service campgrounds, period.

    Very happy to see this get done, there is NOTHING WRONG with buying land that is ZONED for the use you want to use it for, and then developing it. Amazing how you NIMBY's will go to any length to destroy a decent, hardworking guy's plans & aspirations in order to stop anything from occourring near you.

    Where were you with Silverwood? Hmmm.......GO JEFF GO!!!

  • mister d posted at 8:06 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Anyone who has been to a nice rv park as a tourist know how pleasant they are and relatively quiet. it is so much better than a high rise in the area.

  • Mark on the Park posted at 7:39 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    Mark on the Park Posts: 471

    I'm curious over this line from the article;

    "The resort must also build a vegetative buffer around the property and a 6-foot fence on top of that."

    That right there is going to nix the whole project. Building a six foot fence on the tops of trees or shrubs will be cost prohibitive. You'd have to have old-growth trees trucked in and transplanted, young trees wouldn't be sturdy enough to support a six foot fence.

  • idahoguy posted at 6:28 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    I know two commissioners I will be voting against now.
    I also know the land owner lives in Nevada and is as old as dirt. So why is he trying to develop a so called benefit to the people in Idaho right next to homes?
    I am looking forward in time a little bit to huge fuel cost increases and a collapsing US dollar and economy so I doubt this dump project will do well but it will still be scar on the land.

    I bet they approve the new high rise in town from another out of state outfit next.....

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