What makes a good RV Park Site Plan?

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Intermediate Urban Designer

Almost every adventure starts with a plan. Whether it's personal, business or both, having one allows one to tackle obstacles systematically, never missing a step, no matter how small. 

Whether it is about completing several university assignments or starting a new company, it is crucial to have an organized approach. With RV parks and campgrounds, taking a well-organized approach is key since it helps develop the business and creates a holistic experience for the visitors.

In a post COVID-19 world, the popularity for outdoor activities like camping hiked up, and a surge in RV sales in 2020, which inevitably led to the emergence of new RV parks. For this purpose, this article provides developers the understanding of the process and essential elements that come into play to deliver an outstanding experience to future travelers and it all starts with a site plan.

The Development of RV Parks

Since RVs provided a safe space for families to vacation together, it became a thriving niche in the tourism industry. According to The North American Camping Report in 2020, camping was the most popular way to vacation by most travelers. 

There are several factors to take into consideration when developing a campground or RV park. However, even though every state or province may have different regulations, a few initial steps will set the project for success no matter the location.

Four basic steps when planning for RV developments: 

  • Feasibility and market studies
  • Site plan
  • Zoning approval
  • Operations

Preliminary research will determine the unique characteristics of each project. For example, the market and environmental analysis combined with the feasibility of the development will foresee the demand of the recreational needs. Moreover, it will outline the development's assets for each community's needs. 

It's important to design a site plan, which will include all the recreational and functional components of the park. At Nadi Group, we feel the site plan holds all the crucial details of the RV park, including how many sites for RVs, cottages or tents, and what type of passive and active recreational activities and utilities available for guests.

 Once the site plan is approved, the developer can complete the permit process to comply with local zoning regulations, and finally, construct and operate the park. 

Site Planning for RV Parks

A site plan contains all the pieces of the puzzle for the development.The design of the site plan is a comprehensive process that incorporates the traveler's needs with the services, amenities, and environment of the park. 

For any development, including RV parks, regulatory codes must be kept in mind when approaching the site plan as it will cover regulations regarding water drainage, electricity, garbage collection, possible flooding, neighboring sites, minimum utilities and additional parking.

The growing demand of local travelers has increased the need to provide a variety of camping options, not only for a wide range of RV types but for campers looking for tenting or glamping, which gives the visitors a more luxurious way to enjoy nature without missing the commodities of home. 

Another essential element to include in the site plan are the amenities. Designed to enhance the traveler experience--from clubhouse, pools, playgrounds to dog parks—a more versatile amenity package included in the RV park will increase the probability of longer stay and regularity of visits. 

Finally, a site plan should embrace the nature of the parcel and enrich the character of the outdoors. In other words, the site plan should provide sustainable eco recreation, which is the ultimate goal of any campground. 

In Conclusion

A well-designed site plan will not only guarantee the success of the park, but it will also become every developer’s introduction letter to attract other investments and lead the industry with innovative ideas. 

The RV park and campground industry has proven to be a resilient market, which means providing top quality design and services. RV parks must evolve their marketing strategies to adapt and thrive with changes related to demand, character, and traveler experience. 

Nadi Group knows that starting a business is challenging. But, with our team’s expertise in site planning design, we are committed to delivering beautiful, functional, and environmentally sound RV campgrounds. 

If you have a piece of land waiting for planning or would like to improve your RV park, please don’t hesitate to give us a call to find out more about how Nadi Group can help you every step of the way. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to start planning your RV park with an exceptional RV site plan.

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Unit 136
Troy, Michigan
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Unit 300
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 1H9
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