Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Limits Put on Camping Stays at Virginia Campgrounds

Lynchburg News and Advance - Lynchburg,VA - Bedford County campground owners, especially those around the popular Smith Mountain Lake, have found themselves victims of an overreaching county zoning ordinance. There’s no other way to describe it.

Mitchell’s Point Marina and Campground in Huddleston is a good example. It offers trailer sites for nearly 100 campers and their families. Those families - who have become regulars at the campground over the years - come from as far away at West Virginia and North Carolina to spend summer weekends relaxing near the lake shoreline.

Some of them stretch those weekends into longer stays, which is fine with campground owner Tom Buck whose annual leases allow guests to come whenever they want and stay as long as they want.

But that could be changing. Someone discovered that the Bedford County zoning ordinance restricts the number of nights those families can spend at the lake - or any other campground - to 30 per calendar year. The ordinance also requires campground owners to record the length of their stay.
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