Clothing-Optional Campground Plan Gets Hearing
The Morgan County Board of Zoning Appeals in central Indiana will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. today (May 24) to rule on a special exception request for the campground that Sandy Partlow says will be a private, adult only, clothing-optional campground, according to the Bloomington Herald-Times.
Partlow wants to open the camp on Peavine Road called Oasis of Chetwynd, which will have approximately 40 camping sites, she said.
Partlow said two members of the zoning board already have visited her property and both were looking at the legality of the campsite.
Kim Maynard, Partlow’s boyfriend, will help manage and operate the campgrounds on Peavine Road.
“We will allow public shows of affection, and that’s all right, as long as it isn’t breaking any laws,” Maynard said.
The couple have said they would be willing to allow local Boy Scout troops to use the campgrounds during the winter months, when the regular members are not in attendance, to enable the Scouts to earn special winter badges for camping.
The couple said their first obstacle is obtaining the proper permits to open the campground.
Kenny Hale, Morgan County plan director, said recent inspections of the property have revealed violations of Soil and Water and Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulations. Those violations will be sited in his technical report to the zoning board.
As for today's meeting, Hale said several people have already called inquiring how to voice their opinion at the public hearing, and he is expecting a large turnout.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if you have 100 people who want to address the board on this issue,” Hale said. “But you can be sure that we will be ready for action one way or another.”