Incoming Lowell RV Park pushed to include fire safety measures

Posted: March 6, 2018 at 1 a.m.

LOWELL -- A team seeking to place an RV park on Goad Springs Road underwent a review Monday night.

The Cross Creek RV Park will be across from the FedEx Freight facility on commercial property currently owned by the Chadwick Family Trust if it is approved at a future Planning Commission meeting.

Fire Marshal Nolan Jones said the plans for the RV park are in need of a looped water system for fire protection, fire hydrants, fire lane striping or signs and wider streets to accommodate a fire engine.

"We don't want anything blocking fire lanes," Jones said during the meeting. "I'm not parking on less than a 20-foot-wide road because my truck would take up three-quarters of it."

Mike Gardner, who represented Cross Creek RV Park during the meeting, questioned the need for a looped water system, when the proposed development is essentially a parking structure.

Jones said it was too similar to a mobile home park not to have appropriate fire safety measures in place.

Gardner said he felt it was a misplaced interpretation of code and noted that it would come at considerable cost to the project.

James Milner, Planning Commission chairman, sided with Jones in the interpretation of the code to prioritize safety of residents and travelers. Milner told Gardner they didn't have to agree, but he would have to include the water system.

Jones said a 6-inch width would be sufficient and explained that he has to imagine the worst case scenario to protect people later.

Gardner said he is concerned about safety of those staying at the RV park and conceded to the request.

NW News on 03/06/2018