Virginia’s Nelson County Board of Supervisors rejected a special use permit application for a camping area in Roseland during their session on October 12, a report said.
Margaret and Daniel Mais of Crozet sought permission for a camping area on a vacant parcel zoned Agriculture (A-1) with active construction permit for the permanent yurt to be built as a single-family residence.
The applicants applied for the permit to build two yurts over the 2.69-acre property about a half-mile to the south of Virginia 151 and Beech Grove Road intersection.
As per Nelson County code, the construction of the yurts on the property would be classified as a campground regardless of one of them being a permanent structure.
The county’s zoning ordinance demands at least 2 acres for each dwelling unit, which implies that the property doesn’t have enough acres to allow for the second yurt by-right, and it requires a specific use permit. Any location used for temporary camping in which compensation is required to stay in a tent, travel trailer, or motor home is deemed a campground under the ordinance.
According to the request from Margaret and Daniel Mais, the site could be used by family and friends. The yurt, when not being used, could be available for rent for a limited time. The permanent yurt was planned to be built to serve as the family’s primary home.
The Nelson County Planning Commission in September recommended the permit’s denial.