The Grand County Planning and Zoning Commission gave him preliminary approval during its Wednesday, Jan. 9, meeting.
“I’m glad business is doing well enough that you want to expand,” commission member David Tubbs said. “That’s always a good sign.”
Robinson and his wife, Sue, have owned the campground at 3225 S. U.S. 191 for the past two years. In peak months during 2012, he said, they couldn’t accommodate all potential customers driving the largest RVs.
“We had to turn them away so we’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Robinson said. “After looking at the numbers, we thought it was important” to expand.”
The big rigs often pull cars or jeeps, which requires a total of 70 feet of parking space, Robinson said. The couple wants to develop just under 2 acres to put in new sites at the 16-acre campground.
No one spoke for or against the proposal during last week’s public hearing. The request next goes before the Grand County Council, which also must hold a public hearing before giving a final decision.
Robinson said during an interview the campground would still have a little more than 2 acres of unused space after the proposed development. His plans call for planting trees and shrubs near each of the six new sites.
If the county council gives its blessing, Robinson would have to obtain a building permit before construction could begin. He hopes to start work by March.
The KOA currently has 140 sites, including 38 tent sites, 27 cabins, and the remainder for RVs of varying sizes.
The Robinsons, both of whom are originally from South Africa, owned a KOA campground in New Hampshire. They fulfilled their long-time desire to move West when the Moab campground was put up for sale.
“We loved the idea of coming West and it was great timing for us,” Robinson said.