The developer of the Aumar Village shopping center in Fallston hopes to add a recreational vehicle park to the property, which already holds a McDonald's, CVS, Texas Roadhouse and APG Federal Credit Union.
First the developer, Mike Euler, must go before the Harford County Board of Appeals to request a special exception for the campground. That hearing is yet to be scheduled.
According to the plans submitted to the county planning and zoning office, the park would have 56 recreational vehicle and camper sites on almost 11.5 acres near the intersection of routes 1 and 152. The property, zoned agricultural and B3, business, is vacant.
"Camping is on the rise in the nation," Euler said. "It's a whole lot nicer for not a whole lot more money for a space where you could use it every once in a while."
Water and electrical outlets are planned for each individual site and one or more central sanitary stations (toilets and shower facilities) for the whole grounds. There would also be boat and RV storage on the B3-zoned portion of property.
There is a maximum density of 10 campsites per acre with a minimum campsite size of 3,000 square feet each. All campsites will be at least 50 feet from any property line.
The campground would be accessed from Belair Road south of the McDonald's entrance/exit.
"In today's new economic world, people are using their boats and RVs as a second home," Euler, developer of Aumar Village, said. "People use boats as a weekend getaway and, nationally, folks are doing the same with their RVs."
Euler hopes to offer a campground less expensive than typical parks with amenities, with a unit price at about $150 per month.
The intention isn't to have people stay that long, however, but geared toward people on weekend trips who, at most, would stay two weekends in a row.
It is intended that an on-site manager will be hired to make sure no one is staying on the site for extended periods of time.
The price, he continued, is "not a whole lot more than what people pay for boat [and] RV storage lots."
In addition to the shower facility, Euler plans to have a serviceman on the grounds to do small repairs on the vehicles.
"This is new territory we're talking in," he said, "and things may change [according] to what people will really need and want."
If the campground proves to be popular, Euler would consider adding more vehicle sites.
Euler expects to go before the hearing examiner by the end of the year and move on to the Development Advisory Committee in the first quarter of next year to have the plans reviewed.
If all goes well, construction on the campground could begin "sometime in 2013."