Virginia Campground Plan Wins Approval
The Pittsylvania County (Va.) Board of Zoning Appeals voted 6-0 on April 8 to grant a special-use permit for Smith Mountain Campground, a proposed 20-site campground to be located 20 miles southeast of Roanoke, Va.
The campground would go in on the former site of a pig farm. The farm, which once had about 2,000 pigs, was well known to anyone who passed by on the way to Smith Mountain Lake. The aroma was inescapable, according to the Chatham Star Tribune.
The pigs are gone, and the new owners, Fred and Sylvia Curl, have built a new home, cleaned up the farm and turned it into a showplace, said Odie Shelton, the county's director of code compliance.
"This is the type of guy you want as a neighbor," said Shelton. "He's increased everybody's property values around him."
At last week's Pittsylvania County Planning Commission meeting in Chatham, Curl said the campsites will be along a creek, about 600 feet off the road, and screened by trees. All of the campsites will have water, sewer, and electricity, said Curl, who plans to cater mostly to larger RVs. Campsites will rent for $20 to $30 a night.
The campground will be open from spring through late fall. It will be closed in winter. "When the leaves are gone, the campers will be gone," he said.
Curl hopes to have the campground open by next April.
To reassure county officials, Curl presented a long list of proposed campground rules, including no alcohol outside campers, no fires unless in designated areas and no loud music. "I'll be there to look after it and see that it's run well," he added.
Curl presented letters from neighbors who support the project, and several spoke in favor of the campground.
"Instead of a four-star hotel, it's going to be a four-star campground," said Janet Mease of Sandy Level. "He's truly an asset to our county. He is a man who has a vision and a desire to make things work. If he does it, it will be done right."