New Virginia Campground Proposed
A new private campground is proposed for an area west of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
The planning commission in Page County, Va., will consider a rezoning request and a special use permit application next week for the campground, according to the Rocktown Weekly, Harrisonburg, Va.
Applicant Yvonne Berezoski hopes to open the campground this summer – by Memorial Day, if possible. Berezoski’s special use permit application is to operate 20 primitive camping sites, 40 RV sites, 30 lean-to cabins and 10 motorcycle camping sites.
Berezoski, who also owns a motorcycle shop, said that if her application is approved, she would start with just 20 tent sites, 20 RV sites and 10 cabins.
She and her husband, Tom, bought the 81-acre farm – on the west bank of the Shenandoah River, just south of Route 211 West – about a year and a half ago.
“I’m a big believer in trying to keep green space,” she said, adding that she plans to operate the campground on only 18 of those acres, leaving the rest undisturbed.
And, Berezoski said, she intends to keep the camping experience as simple as possible.
“This is about being quiet. This is about sitting and looking at the stars.”
Before opening a campground, the Berezoskis must rezone a portion of the farm from residential to agricultural, said County Planner Kevin Henry. County ordinance only allows campgrounds by special use permit in agricultural-zoned areas.
“They’ve done pretty much everything I’ve asked to make it a suitable campground,” Henry said.