NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - County commissioners in Nacogdoches will soon discuss approving changes to regulations surrounding Lake Naconiche which could eventually transform the lake into campsites for families.
In March, Nacogdoches commissioners approached the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss changing regulations that would allow residents on the lake to build docks extending into the lake. The idea was widely accepted, but the Nacogdoches County Park Board identified a few rules that needed to be addressed and verbiage that needed to be fine-tuned before requesting formal approval.
“I think we’re making really good progress; there were a couple of other things in the rules that we wanted the commissioners court to consider changing," said Jimmy Mize, member of the county park board. “Actually one thing was something requested by the Corps of Engineers, which was to add to the rules that you couldn’t put any field or dredge material back into the lake.”
Mize explained the park board recognized the rule was part of its permit with the Army Crops of Engineers, but he said it was important for it to be explicitly written and understood by all. Another item the commissioners court will consider is how applications from homeowners who are looking to build on the lake are approved.
“I think they want us to take on the responsibility of approving or denying those permits, that will just shorten the process a little bit,” Mize explained.
The park board has already formed the committee to accept applications from homeowners; however, Mize said the board wants approval from both the commissioners court and the Army Corps of Engineers that the rules are acceptable and reasonable by their standards.
Mize has said the dock regulations, should they be approved, could serve as a stepping stone for bigger advancements around Lake Naconiche, including camping lots, multipurpose building for educational or recreational purposes, and family retreats.
“I think we’ve always dreamed about a couple of things in particular, some things that would encourage more use of the lake, especially at night,” Mize explained. “One of those things would be an RV park -- I say an RV park, probably some RV spaces because we don’t have that much room -- and then also some spots for tent camping. Both of those, we feel like would help increase use of the park.”
Mize said the cost to the county would force the park board to be creative when it came to funding such a project, considering the county’s resources are limited.
The Nacogdoches County Commissioners Court will meet Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. to discuss the Lake Naconiche agenda items and more. If you’d like to see the full agenda, you can visit the Nacogdoches County website for more.