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Update on Plans for Addressing Proposed Use of the Etowah Valley Golf and Resort

Residents of Etowah,

The Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for July 19th at 4:00PM at Blue Ridge Community College is CANCELED per emails received from the Henderson County Planning Department.


RV Park Plan

On Thursday of this past week, we learned Tribute Investment & Development, Inc. had withdrawn its request for a Special Use Permit (SUP) for 343 RV sites on the West and South courses of the Etowah Valley Golf & Resort. We must assume that this may not be the last we hear of their RV Park plans, hence we should continue to post our no RV Park signs in our neighborhoods. These signs also represent how our community has come together to Preserve Etowah Valley.

We strongly believe this sort of Special Use Permit for R1 Zoned areas is wrong and should be removed from Henderson County regulations. The proposed RV Park has adversely impacted the sale of two homes near the Golf Course, both have seen a decline in real estate showings. For many of us in the community, our home represents a significant portion of our life’s savings, and as such is important for our futures.

Because of this, we are encouraging Etowah Homeowners to write to the County Commissioners and request the RV Park Special Use Permit be discontinued. Here is their contact information:


Subdivision Plan

On Tuesday, July 11th, we received a copy of a new plan submitted by Tribute to Henderson County, proposing a subdivision of 242 homes on the club's South course.

Tribute submitted the Henderson County Subdivision Application Form and maps showing the site plan; grading and storm drainage plan; water plan; sewer plan; and existing conditions and demolition plan. The Etowah Valley Preservation Society will share this information with the Community as soon as we have permission to do so, and/or it is made available on the Henderson County Website.

This plan does not go through the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) because it does not involve a Zoning change or Special Use Permit (SUP), but it does go before the Henderson County Planning Board. We held a Zoom call with our attorneys this past Friday, to review what we know, and identify our next steps.

We are not totally against development in Etowah, we just believe the plans submitted by Tribute are inappropriate for the Golf Course and are short sighted for the Etowah Community as a whole. Addressing infrastructure issues with short term/convenience solutions will only make it more costly in the future to properly address these problems. It is important to preserve open space for the long term, which the Golf Course represents. Once it is gone, it will be gone forever.


Donations

Through the generosity of the Community, we continue to receive donations. The planned BBQ Take Out Event described below has been very well supported, and we look forward to the Community’s support of the Blind Auction.


A Note of Thanks

We just wanted to mention our thanks to the donator of the Ruth’s Chris Steak House Gift card – thank you Charlie and Bree Ploss. The winner of the gift card was Shirley Lovelace.


Barbeque Take-Out Event at The Salty Landing

The Etowah Valley Preservation Society is partnering with The Salty Landing for a Barbeque Take-Out Event. The Event is planned for Monday, July 24th from 4:00PM to 6:30PM at The Salty Landing in Etowah, NC.

The take-out dinner includes BBQ, coleslaw, baked beans, roll and a cookie. The ticket price for each dinner is $15.00.

To purchase tickets online, click on the link below.

If you are unable to purchase tickets online, we will be selling tickets for cash or check at the Etowah Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 19th from 3:00PM to 5:30PM.

100% of the money received from this event will go to oppose construction of a Sewage Treatment Plant,

and to preserve the land of the Etowah Valley Golf & Resort.


Blind Auction

The Blind Auction has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 2nd from 3:00PM to 7:00PM at the Etowah Lions Club, 447 Etowah School Rd. The event will take place at the same time and location as the Etowah Farmers Market.

What is a Blind Auction, you ask? Bidders submit their highest bid during the four-hour timeframe without knowing the bid of any other participant. The highest bid wins the item. Some items may be purchased on location for a predetermined amount slightly higher than their retail value.

Many local artists and businesses have donated items for the Blind Auction.

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