Carolina Beach leaders voted down a proposed change in town laws which would have allowed recreational vehicle (RV) parks in the highway business district.
In an effort to expand his business, the applicant, Troy Slaughter, requested that the town allow space for an expansion to his RV park. Slaughter said the idea was to offer more diversity in housing for those wishing to visit Carolina Beach.
Residents from the area had mixed reactions during a public hearing on Tuesday night.
Critics said a trailer park will put a strain on the infrastructure of the town, not attract businesses or add tax dollars, and could result in a reduction of tax values for surrounding properties. Trailer parks have not been allowed within the town of Carolina Beach since 2001.
Supporters said a trailer park would be a destination point for visitors who want to enjoy the area's natural resources and enjoy the central business district simultaneously.
Council voted against the re-zoning request, and determined it didn't fall in line with the town's land use plan despite a list of created standards to limit the allowance and regulate the use to minimize concerns.
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