The county Planning Commission last week unanimously approved a 130-space residential vehicle resort north of Paso Robles that its owners said would attract an upscale clientele.
The resort, described by backer Bruce Jordan as “state of the art,” will be at the northeast intersection of Highway 101 and Wellsona Road. It is the site of the former Almond Blossom restaurant, which closed in 2008.
The developer, Siempre Adelante LLC, intends to convert an existing building into a clubhouse, as well as add a building that would incorporate an office, convenience market, laundry facility, exercise room and restroom.
The resort also would include two swimming pools, a playground and a barbecue area.
The 50-seat Almond Blossom restaurant operated from 1982 to 2008. After its closure, the building was used as a church.
Jordan said the park will include 130 RV spaces with full hookups to include electrical, water, sewer and Internet connections. It will have 19 pull-through spaces and 111 pull-in spaces.
Jordan said he expects the park to draw upscale, semi-retired people, “mostly in their 50s, whose average stay is likely to be three and a half days.
That description of the campers drew concern from some nearby residents, who said visitors could include tourists visiting local wineries who might drive back to the resort while intoxicated.
Others said they worried about traffic at the intersection, as well as water. Commissioners said the developer and planning staff had addressed those worries adequately.
Several speakers supported the new business.