Campground Sought along TVA’s Boone Lake
A Blountville, Tenn., property owner is pushing a proposed campground in Sullivan County forward for the third time and was given a positive recommendation Tuesday (Aug. 20) from the county’s planning commission.
Marty Judd wants to build a 100-site campground on Boone Lake in Piney Flats. The county commission denied his request two years ago when he presented a proposal and again a year ago, the Bristol Herald-Courier reported.
“I’m persistent,” Judd said. “I will be coming back once a year as long as I own (the property).”
According to county rules, a developer must wait a year after the commission denies a request to resubmit a proposal. Each time, the planning commission has recommended approval of the campground, but the county commissioners have denied the request.
Most neighbors near the proposed campground on DeVault Bridge Road oppose the campground.
“We did receive a lot of phone calls in opposition to the request,” Planning Director Ambre Torbett said.
Planning staff is against the campground. They believe the campground is spot zoning, as the only other uses in the area are residential neighborhoods and agriculture land.
Torbett presented planning commission members with a petition of signatures from property owners who oppose the proposal.
Judd said his proposal is positive for Sullivan County and not spot zoning. He said Boone Lake has three other campgrounds within three miles of his property, and he sees demand for more campgrounds on the lake.
“There is a big need for campgrounds in Sullivan County ,” Judd said.
Planning Commissioner member Mary Ann Hagar was the sole member who voted against the proposal. She said she had concerns about drivers’ visibility when pulling onto DeVault Bridge Road from the property.
Judd said he had the Highway Department and others look at the exit from the property, and they found that there was an adequate line of sight.
Henry Cook, who is a retired engineer and a neighbor of Judd’s, said he does not believe the entrance is safe. He said he has to pull his truck onto the road before he has clear visibility.
“It’s unsafe,” Cook said. “It just won’t work.”
The proposal goes before the full commission in September.