Savona residents concerned about noise, parties, and privacy will get to voice concerns about a campsite’s proposed expansion at a public hearing.
Regional directors acted on a recommendation from staff to deny a request to rezone two properties on Savona Access Road to allow a seasonal mobile home park.
Instead, the matter will be taken to public hearing, possibly next month.
Regina Sadilkova, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s director of development services said there 16 or 17 RV sites on two lots — 6481 and 6491 Savona Access Road — and the applicant wants to increase the number to 18.
But there are also four mobile homes, a caretaker’s house, washrooms and a shower building left over from a previous campsite, Sadilkova said during a Thompson-Nicola Regional District board meeting Thursday.
The lots are narrow and, given the number of spaces and buildings, crowded, she said. Residents, including Savona Fire and Rescue chief Nicole Edmondson, wrote letters of concern to the TNRD about this.
“The issue is (about) lot use and density,” said Sadilkova.
Savona residents attended the meeting. Afterward, Cara McKelvey and Dan Dollimont told The Daily News they are glad people will get their say.
Both live near the lots, which provide no fence or buffer between campers and residents. McKelvey said there is no respect for the neighbourhood, with non-stop parties in the summer.
“People are on holidays when we’re not,” she said. “There’s a Sunday night where I can recall being up until 5 a.m. because of fireworks and beer pong.”
Dollimont said there are too many sites now in an area that’s .61 of a hectare. To add more will make matters worse.