A Crystal River property owner is hoping to convince county officials to approve a zoning change to allow a small RV park where officials say one is now operating illegally.
Three illegal trailers at 10157 N. Daylily Terrace in northwest Citrus County were the subject of a code compliance case from February 2020 and, in January 2021, a hearing officer ordered them removed, though they remained on the property until late last week, according to county records.
Meanwhile, property owner Ebrahim Mehranipornejad is seeking a zoning change from low density residential to allow an RV park with five spaces and two park models on his 10 acres.
The Citrus County Planning and Development Commission will hear the case at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Lecanto Government Building.
Neighbors in the Crystal Manor area east of U.S. 19 and south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal are outraged that unpermitted RVs were allowed to exist at all, with one neighbor referring to it as a “shantytown."
“Over the last few years, the people who live there have caused issues from simple drunk and disorderly, to drug issues of multiple kinds, to an attempted murder,” Dr. Mary Lee Howard wrote. “All this nightmare and yet the land was not even zoned for recreational vehicle park.”
The closest neighbor, Kyle Metz, lives right across the street.
“These people need to be rooted out of this area and the 10 acres needs to stay single family,” Metz wrote to county planners. “If this somehow gets the go ahead from the county I need to be notified so I can put my home for sale and get out of here before you ruin my wife and child’s safety and suck out all the equity I have in my brand new home.”
Neighbor complaints brought code inspectors to the property in March 2020. Along with zoning and permitting violations, health department officials found raw sewage on the ground, RVs connected to underground drums for septic, and water from an unpermitted well, according to county records.
Mehranipornejad, who lives in Lutz, purchased the property in 2014. Mehranipornejad told code inspectors the prior property owner used it as an RV park for the homeless and he wanted to keep it like that. He said he didn’t realize there were code violations until the neighbors complained.
County planners have numerous issues with the proposed RV park, including:
• It is incompatible with the neighborhood.
• It would increase residential density in the coastal, lakes and rivers region. The property as is now zoned can have just one house; as proposed, the RV park would have five RV spots and two park models.
• Park models are not allowed in coastal, lakes and rivers regions.
• Even though Mehranipornejad says he wants to use the property for the homeless, the code doesn’t allow people to live in RVs.
The PDC recommendation goes to county commissioners for a final vote.