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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The busy stretch of Highway 378 in Moss Bluff could get even busier. A proposed RV park development between the 5-Star gas station and Moss Bluff Mini Storage has sparked concern among nearby residents.
Mister Edwards is the developer. Edwards is also the Public Works Director for the City of Lake Charles and wanted to reach out to the residents.
"I deal with zoning issues on a daily basis and know how important it is to try to communicate with the surrounding people in that area who think they are being impacted or are being impacted and that's why I wanted to have this meeting," said Edwards.
Edwards explained that he abandoned his original plan to develop the full property and is now proposing to develop a 43-space RV park on the back portion. Edwards said he will keep the front portion of the property commercial.
Still, residents had questions.
"Many, many of our neighbors and friends that live close by have been very concerned about what this might bring to this bedroom community on this end of Moss Bluff 378," said Tom Reeves, a concerned resident.
"We're concerned about transients coming in. There's also a daycare across the street. We are also concerned these transients might not be screened. We don't know what type of maintenance work will be in the RV park," said Sandie Reeves, a concerned resident.
"I moved out here to raise a family 40 something years ago and I would like it to remain a residential area," said Judy Harmon, concerned resident.
Edwards said the property will be maintained, gated and depending on usage, could have on-site staff. But his is just one of many RV park applications. Police Juror Shannon Spell said they have seen an increase. Spell also said with the expected influx in workforce with the upcoming industrial expansion, they expect many more.
"As a result, the Police Jury has asked the staff to look into creating RV park guidelines so that we can be proactive verses reactive when these applications come through," explained Spell.
With the park now half its proposed size and the front portion remaining commercial, residents are claiming victory.
"Because to get that front 200-feet zoned from commercial to manufactured homes would be a worse-case scenario for us. So, this has been a pleasant surprise tonight when we heard this information," said Tom Reeves.
The back portion of the property, with the exception of about a 74-foot strip, is already zoned for an RV park.
The Police Jury will consider rezoning it for the RV park at its May 23 meeting.