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Henry County Board To Deliberate Proposed Campground Rezoning Request

Henry County Planning Commission in Virginia evaluated the Lee Ford Camp Road residents’ opposition to the rezoning of a parcel of land intended for a new campground development. The property is situated on the southwest side of Lee Ford Camp Road and approximately a mile west of Greensboro Road.

The commission recommended against the rezoning. The fate of the rezoning will be determined by the Henry County Board of Supervisors on April 23, followed by a discussion regarding the special use permit by the Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals on April 24.

Randy Allen Smith proposed the rezoning of roughly six acres from suburban residential to agricultural A-1. This move is part of a plan to merge this plot with an adjacent 54-acre tract, paving the way for the prospective campground, according to a Martinsville Bulletin local news report.

The complaints pointed out that the road itself, described as narrow, crooked, and lacking shoulders, is ill-equipped to support the increased traffic that a new campground would likely bring.

Prior to the hearing, Henry County’s Director of Planning, Zoning, and Inspection, Lee Clark, expressed reservations about the rezoning. Citing the residential nature of neighboring tracts along Lee Ford Camp Road, Clark highlighted the lack of a compelling reason to alter the zoning designation to agricultural.

According to the Martinsville Bulletin report, another local, Eddie Henderson, who resides on land adjacent to the proposed site, raised concerns about potential traffic increases from the nearby Magna Vista High School. He noted that the existing traffic, primarily from school buses and students, already poses challenges, which could be exacerbated by the additional campground and RV traffic.

Further issues were highlighted regarding the environmental impact of the proposed development. The risk of campfires, along with potential pollution to the Marrowbone Creek and its connection to the Marrowbone Reservoir, were the additional concerns.

Campground owners and operators can learn valuable lessons from the Lee Ford Camp Road rezoning request, particularly regarding community engagement and infrastructure considerations. Proactively addressing local concerns and involving residents early in the development process can build goodwill and reduce conflicts.

Adequate planning around local infrastructure capabilities, like road capacity and environmental conditions, helps ensure that campground developments will not face hurdles.

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Jonah Storm
Jonah Storm
April 20, 2024 12:15 pm

With the Planning Commission’s concerns and community input like Eddie Henderson’s, it’s crucial for the Boards to carefully review the campground proposal for everyone’s well-being and the environment.

XanderQuartz
XanderQuartz
April 20, 2024 12:22 pm

I’m curious about what Randy Allen Smith has in store to tackle the traffic and environmental worries related to the campground near Lee Ford Camp Road. It’d be pretty interesting to hear how the locals feel about the pros and cons of this rezoning proposal.

Mark Hall
Mark Hall
April 20, 2024 10:06 pm
Reply to  XanderQuartz

I’m really curious too! Let’s see how Randy plans to solve those issues. Did you know campgrounds date back to the 1860s in the US?

SunnyCharm133
SunnyCharm133
April 20, 2024 2:23 pm

Just wanted to share that the Randy Allen Smith campground project has stirred up quite a debate in the neighborhood. Some locals are worried about noise and disruptions, while wildlife advocates are concerned about the impact on natural habitats. It’s definitely got people talking!

Mark Hall
Mark Hall
April 20, 2024 7:11 pm

I reckon it’s crucial for Randy Allen Smith to show a thorough traffic impact assessment and eco plan. Transparent communication with the community will build support for the campground proposal.

DataSavvy1238
DataSavvy1238
April 20, 2024 8:28 pm

Let’s amp up the excitement as we delve into the scoop on the upcoming campground rezoning decision! Engaging with the community and preserving our environment is key for a harmonious future.

EdwardCrest
EdwardCrest
April 21, 2024 2:06 am
Reply to  DataSavvy1238

You know I’m all about that community engagement and eco-friendly vibes! Can’t wait to see how this campground decision unfolds. By the way, have you noticed how everyone’s buzzing about this potential rezoning shake-up?

SereneCoder720
SereneCoder720
April 20, 2024 9:18 pm

The campground rezoning commotion in Henry County is stirring up a lot of chatter. It’s clear that the worries about traffic and the environment are major concerns. We’ve gotta make sure the decision-makers hear us and that we’re all part of the convo for a better outcome.

ClaraBeam
ClaraBeam
April 21, 2024 5:49 am

Have you heard about the buzz around Randy Allen Smith’s campground plans? It’s cool that they might go green to protect Marrowbone Creek. And how awesome is it that high schoolers are brainstorming solutions for traffic near Lee Ford Camp Road? Such creative minds at work!

JonahStorm
JonahStorm
April 21, 2024 6:08 am

Hey fellow campground fans! Ever considered how vital it is for campground operators to tackle community concerns, study traffic impacts, and go green with eco-friendly practices near Lee Ford Camp Road? Let’s make sure our camping adventures are both fun and environmentally friendly!

rachelray
rachelray
April 21, 2024 7:58 am

Did you hear about the county’s big debate over that possible campground near Lee Ford Camp Road? Traffic and environmental concerns are really heating up among neighbors. It’s like we’re all gonna need some time to digest this before toasting any marshmallows!

BryceOrion
BryceOrion
April 21, 2024 4:55 pm

Let’s chat about the buzz around the campground proposal on Lee Ford Camp Road. Traffic worries, environmental impacts, and school safety concerns are making this decision a real head-scratcher for the Henry County Board of Supervisors!

Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
April 21, 2024 9:07 pm

It’s concerning that the campground rezoning near Lee Ford Camp Road is causing worries about traffic and the environment. The differing opinions among locals, officials, and the board highlight the need for better communication and community involvement. Let’s hope for a decision that considers everyone’s concerns.

Emma Ward
Emma Ward
April 21, 2024 9:43 pm
Reply to  Kevin Ward

Let’s work together to ensure all voices are heard. Don’t forget to consider how this decision impacts our community. By the way, why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field! Let’s ensure we’re all on the same page.

vince_vibes
vince_vibes
April 21, 2024 11:01 pm

Can you believe it? The community’s worries are real. Environmental studies show risks to wildlife. Traffic assessments suggest road issues. Let’s hope they make the right decision!

JadeK9Luvr901
JadeK9Luvr901
April 22, 2024 4:48 am

Have you heard about the campground rezoning in Henry County? It’s got everyone on edge about the impact on our neighborhood and nature. Increased traffic and strain on the infrastructure worry us.

HeadlineHive-62
HeadlineHive-62
April 22, 2024 8:46 am

Just a heads up, residents near Greensboro Road are concerned about the proposed campground’s impact on traffic, the environment, and community life. They’re worried about noise levels and disrupting the peaceful vibe.

Barbara Scott
Barbara Scott
April 22, 2024 10:44 am

Looks like the Henry County Planning Commission is facing a tricky campground dilemma on Lee Ford Camp Road! Traffic worries, cozy residential vibes, and potential high school chaos – it’s like they’re playing real-life zoning Tetris! Trying to fit that campground in without causing a traffic jam or an environmental party by Marrowbone Creek is no easy feat!

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