Neighbors Oppose Ohio Airport Campground
A proposed 30-site campground near the Warren County Airport in Lebanon, Ohio, has sparked a conflict between skydivers and residents.
"I have nothing against skydiving or the airport," said Michael Killin, who organized the movement against the campground. "But I think that camping will disrupt the peace and quiet that we deserve in Turtlecreek Township,” according to the Lebanon Western Star. The community is located between Cincinnati and Dayton.
Killin said unauthorized camping has been happening at the proposed site since last summer. The Warren County Zoning Office inspected the area and found electric and water service had been installed in the area without any permits. For the campground to be legal, the Warren County Zoning Board would have to agree to change the zoning of the area. Killin, who lives near the proposed site, organized a petition with signatures from nearly every neighbor of the campsite opposing the zoning change.
Killin cited loud, late-night activities that would stretch into the early morning hours, and a road ill-suited to handle the RV traffic. Killin also said the campsite would be a detriment to Lebanon businesses since it would deter the campers from using restaurants and lodging within the city.
"I support growth in the township that is shown to provide a greater quality of life . . . but fail to see how this benefits anyone living in the area," Killin wrote in a letter to the Warren County Regional Planning Commission.
Robert Henderson, who filed for the zoning change on behalf of Woodward Farms Ltd., said the potential issues had been blown out of proportion.
"The campsite is in the middle of 150 acres," Henderson said. "I really don't think it will be a big deal."
While disapproving of the campsite in general, the planning commission agreed with this sentiment, noting in a letter to the zoning board, "If not for the complaints from adjoining residents, no one driving would perhaps even know that the campground exists."
Both the Regional Planning Commission and the Turtlecreek Township Board of Trustees have officially spoken against the campsite. The Zoning Board will decide whether to approve the zoning at its May 6 meeting.