COLUMBIA — RVs in Columbia have a new place to pull up their wheels.
Pine Grove Village, a mobile home community, plans to transform more than nine acres of vacant mobile home lots into 64 RV parking spaces. Pine Grove, located at 3900 Clark Lane, was granted its rezoning request by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission at Thursday night’s meeting and can begin construction on the unused land immediately.
The commission approved the rezoning request unanimously. The vacant lots, too short to fit a modern mobile home, were rezoned as commercial property — allowing RVs to park legally under Columbia's zoning code.
Jeannette Schuldt, property manager at Pine Grove, says the spaces will provide more options for RV owners settled in Columbia for extended periods of time.
“There’s nowhere to go with RVs in Columbia,” Schuldt said. “People don’t want to take their RVs to motels.”
Schuldt expects temporary residents such as students, construction workers and police trainees to fill up the new spots. She also predicts parents visiting university students will take advantage of the spaces.
“There’s a great demand for RV spots halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City,” Schuldt said. “This will be perfect for overnights.”
Implementing the RV spaces is part of a larger developmental plan that began in 2009. Pine Grove aims to turn an empty lagoon in the southeast corner of the park into a plot of land for mobile homes, creating 11 new housing units.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Doug Wheeler cites reasonable housing prices as a benefit of the rezoning.
“We’ve lost parks recently,” Wheeler said. “This provides another form of affordable housing. I mean, we’re utilizing an old lagoon. That’s a good deal.”
Schuldt summed the plan up in simple financial terms.
“When someone can’t stay here for a week," Schuldt said, "that’s tax dollars leaving Columbia.”