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Originally published: 2012-12-17 16:16:00
Last modified: 2012-12-17 16:16:00

Waterpark goes before planning board

Watauga County’s first waterpark project will go before the Watauga County Planning Board on Monday.

The board will consider granting master plan approval to the Middle Fork Falls Resort, a project set to include an indoor water park, hotel and conference center, and 50 rental cabins.

The plan is the brainchild of Crestwood Resort & Spa owner Steve Moberg and is set to be located beside Tweetsie Railroad on U.S. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock.

Moberg, working under the company name Satchmo & Company, said this week that he was moving toward closing on the property.

Moberg said he thinks the park will be a year-round tourism draw, a job creator and a kid-friendly spot for locals.

Before construction can begin, the resort will have to comply with three major ordinances and a handful of smaller ones, said Joe Furman, Watauga County planning and inspections director.

“It’s kind of hard to juggle all those together, but we can do it,” he said.

The project also will need a traffic study and driveway permit from the state, as well as approval of water and sewer systems, Furman said.

“It’s a lot of hoops to jump through … even before any grading permits would be issued,” he said.

The board meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday at the Watauga County Administration Building at 814 W. King St. in Boone.