Tennessee Community Agrees on RV Park Regs
The Blount County Planning Commission on Thursday (July 23) voted unanimously to recommend that commercial campgrounds be allowed in the R-1 zone, which includes the non-mountainous sections of the county.
Currently, campgrounds are only allowed as special exceptions in the R-2 and Suburbanizing zones, according to the Maryville Daily Times.
The proposal will now go to the full Blount County Commission for consideration.
The proposed regulations would allow recreational vehicles to camp at a campground for up to 270 days. The proposal would also allow the construction of small camping cabins, which would include sleeping quarters and an optional bathroom, but no kitchen; however, camping cabins would make up no more than 25% of total units at campgrounds.
Building Commissioner Roger Fields said the proposed regulations would allow limited commercial uses such as restaurants open only to campground residents. Those commercial uses, including their parking, would be limited in size to no more than 5% of the total gross area of the campground.
A campground would have to be approved as a special exception by the Board of Zoning Appeals before it could be built. Buffers would be required between the campground and any nearby residences.
"Special exceptions require a buffer along any adjacent … residential properties," Fields said.
Planning Commissioner Tom Hodge made a motion to require that campgrounds be a minimum of five acres in size. The commission approved the change on a voice vote.
The county is located between Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.