Twelve people spoke at the podium during Thursday’s August 19, 2021 meeting to address a specific campground. The campground is located on Laurel Trail and covers 5.19 acres. It will be used to create geodesic domes in a campground for “glamping,” a report said.
Karen Henson stated that the application was made under old rules, with A1 agriculture prior to the Gilmer BOC changing camping to an outdoor recreation category.
Investigating the property revealed that there could be covenants. Attorneys have been involved. David Clark, County Attorney suggested that a declaratory judgment be made regarding the binding nature of the covenants.
A large number of residents and landowners from the local area opposed the application at the meeting. As a demonstration of opposition, all the participants gathered at the podium. They voiced concern about traffic and the quietness of the area.
In rebuttal, the owners of the application stated that they desire the same quiet area with low impact as the residents. They promised that they would keep the area as low-impact as possible and that they had managers to manage the properties.
The motion came as the board members looked away from their microphones and began to talk privately.
The motion was to change the zoning to Agricultural. A number of legal issues surrounding the matter led to the board denial. However, this is a recommendation and the Board of Commissioners will make final decisions.