ETOWAH, N.C. — A recent meeting of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association about a proposed RV park to be built on the property of Etowah Valley Golf & Resort was so crowded, there were people standing outside, listening through the windows at the Etowah Lions Club.
The area is about 40 minutes south of Asheville and just a few minutes west of Hendersonville.
“I would guess there were somewhere between 150-200 people there,” said David Garnett, president of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association. “It was standing and sitting-on-the-floor room only. People were standing outside the building listening through the windows.”
A developer from Tribute Development and Investment, based in Wilmington, has plans to build a 343-unit RV park on the golf course, which has been in business since 1967. The developer will be seeking a special-use permit at the 4 p.m. May 31 Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, which is scheduled to be held at the King Street Meeting Room located at 100 North King St.
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Members of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association are against the developer’s plans, and Garnett said many are planning to be at the May 31 meeting in hopes of getting the proposal rejected.
There were rumors that the meeting might be moved to a larger venue, like Blue Ridge Community College, Garnett said, but according to Henderson County Code Services Director and Zoning Administrator Matt Champion, those rumors aren’t true.
“The meeting will be held in the King Street Meeting Room as advertised. Future meetings may be held at a different location to accommodate a greater attendance,” he told the Times-News on May 22.
Etowah Valley Golf & Resort’s previous owners were the Todd family, including former Hendersonville Mayor Frank Todd Sr., who established the golf club in 1967. The golf resort includes three nine-hole courses (a total of 27 holes), a 75-unit lodge for travelers, a dining room, a clubhouse, a croquet field, a swimming pool and also tennis courts.
According to past Times-News reporting, Todd’s grandfather, Bruce Drysdale, survived the Great Depression with his brick manufacturing plant on the same land as the golf course. Drysdale purchased the Etowah Valley property in 1917. The golf resort prospered until the recession of the late 2000s, which led the Todd family to sell the 246-acre property valued at more than $9.5…
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