Rezoning Approved For Pine Rv Park

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Pine may have a new 60-space RV park within the next couple of years.

The Gila County Board of Supervisors approved a request to rezone 6.42 acres near the Ponderosa Market to accommodate the Milk Ranch RV Park at its Aug. 16 meeting. Developers Ray Pugel and Robert Randall have 24 months to get the project started.

"Even the simplest projects take at least a year generally," Pugel said. He said he will probably do most of the work himself since he has already built an RV park and mobile home park elsewhere.

The prior zoning on the property was for single-family residences, the new zoning is for transitional residential and trailer districts.

"The plans include space for tent camping, plus 36 cabins, along with 24 spaces for recreational vehicles," Terry Smith, deputy director of the county development office, said.

There will be horse-boarding facilities and eventually a riding trail and arena, he said.

"There were some concerns raised about the water," Smith said.

Water is not something that the supervisors can base a denial on. They must look primarily at what is the best use for the property.

"(Water) is something other entities must resolve." Commissioner Walt Smith said at the county planning and zoning commission hearing on the proposal.

Terry Smith said the next step in the project is for the developers to have engineered plans reviewed by either the county health department or the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to determine if plans for wastewater disposal are appropriate.

"Once they have that, they will bring the final plans to the P&Z for review," he said.

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