New RV Park May Be Coming To Va. County

A new RV park could be coming to Stanleytown, Va., next year following a Henry County Planning Commission recommendation Wednesday (Dec. 5) night, according to the Martinsville Bulletin.

The commission unanimously recommended that the Henry County Board of Supervisors approve the rezoning of a 74.4-acre property in Stanleytown. No one spoke out against it.

The property, which has most recently been used as a cornfield, is located off of T.B. Stanley Highway and Riverside Drive in Stanleytown. On the T.B. Stanley Highway section, it is across from the Riverview Commons shopping center and is bordered by the Smith River.

Property owner Jesse Cahill requested that 24.2 acres of the property along the highway be rezoned to Commercial District B-1 for the purpose of developing commercial businesses along the highway, while the remaining 50.2 acres be rezoned to Agricultural District A-1 for the development of an RV park.

The property is currently zoned Industrial District A-1, though Henry County Director of Planning, Zoning and Inspections Lee Clark said that the chances of the property ever being developed for industrial use were “slim to none.”

Clark said that from the viewpoint of county staff, Cahill’s plan to develop the lion’s share of the property into an RV park along the Smith River was an ideal use.

Given the popularity of RV parks and camping in Henry County, Clark said, and given that the county has spent a great deal of effort promoting local natural resources such as the Smith River and Philpott Lake, “this was viewed as an ideal place for a campground.”

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