Campsites in the county will now be allowed to apply for extended stay options, allowing guests to stay for longer than previously permitted.
On Nov. 14, Dylan Bishop, director of planning and zoning, told the Nelson County Board of Supervisors that her office had received a request to allow extended stay camping, but didn’t have a way of allowing anyone to apply. After discussing the issue with the Nelson County Planning Commission, it voted unanimously to recommend approval of the change in October.
Currently transient lodgers are not allowed to stay at a campsite or destination for more than 30 days. The proposed change to the county ordinance would allow extended stay campgrounds as a special use in the A1 — agriculture zoned — districts only. Any new or existing campgrounds would be able to apply to designate a portion of their sites as extended stay, which would allow transient stays up to 180 days.
“The planning commission would review each application on a case-by-case basis,” Bishop said.
No one spoke during the public comments portion of the public hearing.
The board voted four to one to approve the amendment to the county ordinance. Ernie Reed, Central District representative, voted against the motion.
Erin Conway covers Nelson County for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5524.