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Virginia Campground Plan Gets Another OK

October 19, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

A proposed Bedford County, Va., campground is a step closer to taking shape near Smith Mountain Lake, godanriver.com reported.

The county planning commission voted Monday (Oct. 18) to approve a special use permit to allow the 10-acre campground in Moneta on the east side of White House Road at the intersection of Ayers Road. The commission’s recommendation heads to the county board of supervisors with a final vote likely next month. The proposed site is southeast of Roanoke.

Scott and Ida Heath of Moneta requested permission to build the campground, consisting of 18 recreational sites, six tent campsites, a recreation area and a store containing a game room, utility room, office, snack bar and bathhouse. Volleyball, basketball, kite flying, badminton, horseshoes and wooden areas for hiking would be offered to campers.

“I believe there is a large need for a campground in this area,” said Scott Heath, telling commissioners his father introduced him to camping. “It’s something dear to my heart.”

The couple own and live on a 64-acre parcel where the project would locate. Several neighbors at a public hearing Monday raised concerns about traffic and potential negative impact on property values.

Proposed park rules would enact “quiet hours” between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. and prohibit public display of alcohol, and disorderly conduct.

“I will definitely enforce the rules of the campground,” Scott Heath said, adding that he does not intend to sell alcohol. “I feel it’s going to be a benefit to my neighbors.”

Tom Buck, a Huddleston resident who owns Mitchell’s Point Campground and Marina at the lake, said the lake area desperately needs more campgrounds for overnight visitors.

“This is the way for people to get introduced to our area,” said Buck. “This is a good thing for the community.”

A campground on land zoned agricultural residential requires special use permit approval from the county. The approval recommendation passed 4-1, with Curtis Stephens opposed and two members absent.

Conditions associated with the permit’s approval included a ban on loudspeakers to communicate with guests and minimal lighting visible to nearby landowners. Two wells and a septic system would serve the project’s water and sewer needs.

The commission also recommended that the supervisors rezone 17 acres on the Heaths’ parcel from a combination of low density residential and agricultural residential to entirely agricultural residential so the campground can move forward.

“The number of campgrounds on the lake is fading,” Chairman Lynn Barnes said. “I’m in full support of the project.”

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