Colorado Co. Finalizing Work Camp Regulations (1/30/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

The Logan County (Colo.) Board of Commissioners may soon have a resolution in hand concerning the regulation of RV campgrounds in the county, accordng to the Journal Advocate

RV park issues came up in October of last year when property owners appeared before the county's Planning and Zoning Commission with requests for the permits so they could rent space to oil and pipeline workers who are part of a temporary workforce.

Officials raised questions about inadequate water supplies, septic systems and a state requirement for bathing and restroom facilities for RV parks. The commission later forwarded the issue to the commissioners who voted on Jan. 2 to deny the special use permits.

The commissioners had thought they could have a workaround by labeling the properties as work camps rather than RV parks; that way the county could avoid the requirement of bathhouses altogether.

Samber said his research showed that the state's work camp regulations wouldn't cover the small groups of RVs being used as temporary housing; however, he had turned up five distinct categories of campgrounds, with different health requirements for each category. The categories are primitive, semiprimitive, semideveloped, developed and modern. The categories are determined by how much infrastructure is available at each campground, Samber said.

For instance, primitive campgrounds are usually accessible only by foot or by horseback and are usually wilderness areas with no amenities whatsoever, while modern campgrounds have full electrical, water and sewer hookups and public restrooms and bathing facilities.

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