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Virginia County Extends RV Stays

June 23, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Campers can stay longer in Virginia’s Augusta County, the Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday (June 22).

The board approved two zoning changes to allow that, the News-Leader reported.

One change created a recreational vehicle district modeled after the zoning for manufactured homes which allows campers to rent space year-round, but the have to be connected to electricity, and public water and sewer. The measure passed 5-1.

Parks in the district would have to be at least 10 acres and host no more than six RVs per acre.

The county has fielded some inquiries, but no rezoning applications for any RV zones are pending, officials said.

The second change affects RV parks already operating in the county.

Businesses may allow extended stays up to 180 days for campgrounds and 240 for RV parks. Campers using those spaces will need to have flush toilets, a shower and a sink. The measure passed 6-0.

Campers had been limited to stays of 21 days within two months or 45 days within a year.

But RV tourists are staying in spots longer, and those limits forced them to switch lots within parks to avoid violating local ordinances, county planning officials said during a work session earlier this week.

Supervisors Nancy Sorrells and Tracy Pyles both worry about opening up the county to substandard housing. Some county leaders also worry the parks will be used temporarily by construction workers.

However, officials assumed park owners would prefer the tourists, though, and limit occupancy by temporary workers.

The county planning commission recommended that both RV accommodations be approved.

Board chairman Jeremy Shifflett abstained on both RV votes due to personal conflict of interests.

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