Laurel Springs RV Resort

Laurel Springs RV Resort Plans Opening This Month

According to its new website, the controversial Laurel Springs RV Resort near Lakewood Cove plans opening in January 2023. Recent aerial photos show workers putting the finishing touches on the “resort.” Even though the City of Houston permitted 182 spaces, the website advertises 226.

The website also advertises “long-term” stays, something Humble ISD taxpayers expressed concerns about. The concern had to do with RV owners enrolling their children in Humble ISD schools without paying their fair share of taxes. Long-term RV rates start as low as $665 per month. However, lists apartments throughout the Kingwood area with monthly rents starting hundreds of dollars higher.

Photos Taken January 3, 2023

The photos below show the status of construction on 1/3/2023. The portion closest to camera in the first shot, looks ready to go. But workers are still scurrying about the northern portion of the site.

Looking N from southern end of property. Plans for the park claimed only 66% impervious cover.
Last remaining dirt work in NW corner of detention pond.
That triangular space comprises the resort’s dog park. Dachshunds and chihuahuas fit in the narrow end.
Trees planted just before Christmas will soon brush up against utility wires.
Water still ponds in the area below where the resort buried pipes through the dike.

Last year, I caught the Resort on camera discharging silty stormwater into the wetlands of Harris County’s Precinct 3 Edgewater Park. The County Attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to the owners. And the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said the discharge was not allowed by its permit.

The permit plans stipulate that the site’s detention basin must have a dry bottom within 48 hours of a storm. It hasn’t had a dry bottom in quite a while.

The resort’s website calls the basin a “retention pond.” Retention ponds are designed to hold water permanently.

But the dry bottom was a concession to FAA rules designed to discourage waterfowl from congregating near airports. This site hasn’t been dry in a long time. Maybe air safety is no longer a concern. The FAA reported only 166 bird strikes at Bush Intercontinental last year.

Meanwhile, the Resort’s detention basin/retention pond is half the size required by current regulations.

“Join the Adventure”

The Resort’s new typo-plagued website has about as much attention to detail as its permit applications did. RV owners can only hope they do better with invoices. See below.

Screen capture from home page on 1/4/23. Sticky keyboard? Or did they hire Tony the Tiger as their copywriter? It’s Grrrreat!

A scrolling banner on the website trumpets the Resort’s marketing theme – “Join the Adventure.” It promises to be exactly that – an adventure…right next to the railroad tracks, which the owners forgot to mention.

Posted by Bob on 1/4/23

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