Neighborhood split over homeless RV park proposal


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on July 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 7:38 AM

TRAVIS COUNTY – A vote by Austin’s Zoning and Planning Commission Tuesday night has sparked controversy in the Woodland Hills Neighborhood in Eastern Travis County.

The brand new neighborhood off of Decker Lane and FM 969 is divided over tentative plans to build an RV park in the area that would cater to the homeless.

“Had I known when I purchased my home that that is what they were trying to put out here, I wouldn't have bought here,” said Sharon McCarver, a Woodland Hills resident.

“I believe everybody needs a home. Everybody needs a leg up. Everybody needs help,” says another resident Cat Yerger.

A spokesperson with the non-profit group Mobile Loaves and Fishes didn’t want to go on camera Wednesday, saying that a number of hurdles still have to be cleared, including land permits from the Travis County Commissioner’s Court.

In the meantime neighbors on both sides of the issue question the logistics on how clients will even make it back and forth from the trailers since buses stop short of the area.

“The closest bus stop is about a mile. There's no sidewalks,” adds Yerger.

The Woodland Hills Neighborhood is organizing to fight the proposal. 

 A large turnout is expected in mid-August when Travis County Commissioners tackle the issue.