After holding a public hearing at which there was no public comment, the Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, July 23, extended a moratorium for 120 days regarding the submission, acceptance, processing, and approval necessary for the creation of development plats, construction or facilities related to recreational vehicle parks for land within the city.
The reason for the moratorium is the city is currently working on its comprehensive master plan. That plan will address the “ground rules” for developing an RV park in the city.
Public Works Director Mike Donoho said, (Since Hurricane Harvey) everyone wants to come in with their great idea … develop an RV Park.”
He emphasized the moratorium is needed until the comprehensive plan is completed.
“We’ll never say, ‘Absolutely no more RV Parks,’” said Donoho.
He noted city staff has met with a number of people interested in developing RV Parks, and they understand what the city is trying to do.
Councilman Bob Cunningham asked if the comprehensive plan will be completed with recommendations regarding RV Parks by the time this 120-day moratorium extension expires.
“We need housing,” he said.
It was noted the completion date for the comprehensive plan is not set in stone.
The council approved the initial 120-day moratorium Aug. 14, 2018 in response to numerous requests to develop RV parks after Hurricane Harvey.