Tuesday, August 21, 2007

County Official Vows to Uphold Campground Regulations

TriCities.com - Johnson City,TN,USA -
Campgrounds are places for people to visit, not to live.

That’s a message Sullivan County planning officials hope to send with a new code enforcement effort announced Monday.

Sullivan County Director of Planning and Zoning Ambre Torbett said her office is sending a letter to county commercial campground owners reminding them what zoning regulations apply to their property.

County zoning laws prohibit the installation of porches, decks or other permanent structures next to a recreational vehicle or camper.
Rest-room and shower facilities are allowed if they have been included in a campground site plan submitted to the county’s planning department.

“We are concerned from a public health and safety standpoint,” Torbett said Monday. “[The campers] become so jam-packed in there that if one catches on fire, they’re all affected.”
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