Va. County Waits On Campground OK

February 14, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Va. County Waits On Campground OK

The Pittsylvania County (Va.) Planning Commission wants more time to study a proposed campground at Smith Mountain Lake before making a recommendation to the board of supervisors, the Smith Mountain Eagle reported.

The planning commission voted to postpone a decision until March.

Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge wants to rezone 8.82 acres in three parcels for a future campground.

Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge was sold to a group of North Carolina investors in 2006 after four decades in the family of Rick and Holly Munson.

Shortly after the sale, the property was rezoned for condominiums, townhomes and a restaurant.

The recession dried up financing, however, and the bank eventually foreclosed on the property and sold it at a public auction in 2012.

Richmond developer Tom King was the high bidder and paid almost $1.8 million for the 22.6-acre property that includes a marina with 44 covered boat slips, 38 fixed floating docks, 50 off-water dry dock space and eight tracts of land, some of which have houses and rental cabins.

Landscape architect Dean Hawkins said the new owner hopes to find new uses for the lakefront property, including replacing a former mobile home park with a campground.

According to Hawkins, the property has water and sewer for 45-50 campsites, central restrooms and a bathhouse, and playground.

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