Hoosier Campground Gets Needed Zoning Nod

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June 9, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Porter County (Ind.) Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday (June 7) for the rezoning of the Sandcreek Campground in Jackson Township so a new office building can be erected, the Northwest Indiana Times reported.

The 35-acre site could continue operating under its current rural residential zoning, but cannot carry out the improvement project unless the zoning is updated to parks and recreation, attorney William Ferngren said.

The plans call for the construction of a new 720-square-foot office building to serve the site at 350 E. County Road 1050 North, he said.

One nearby property owner voiced concern the rezoning will allow the site to become a motorhome park. He also asked if the toilet chemicals used by the recreational vehicles will be sent into the park's septic system and asked for a buffer zone between the park and nearby homes.

Ferngren said the sewage at the site is in compliance with the law and there is a six-month maximum stay at the site. As far as the buffer goes, he said the campground has been operating at the site since 1935 and thus was there before the homes were built.

The rezoning, which was forwarded with a 7-2 favorable recommendation from the Porter County Plan Commission, will be taken up June 21 for final approval by the commissioners.

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