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Warren County Campground, Events Center Plans to be Considered

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The Warren County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors may vote on the possibility of opening an events center and campground in Browntown.

According to a report, supervisors are planning to conduct public hearings this week to discuss permits to run commercial campgrounds and an events center on the property that runs along Gooney Manor Road and Wellspring Road.

Edwin Wright applied last year for conditional-use permits, which would allow him to operate an events center and campground on his 153-acre Gooney Manor Loop property. Wright sought permits for similar operations on the land on Wellspring Road that his sister owns.

Wright’s proposal could cause a backlash from neighbors who flocked out in large numbers in November, urging the county to deny permits demanded by the resident.

With a 3-1 November 10 vote, the Planning Commission recommended that the supervisors refuse Wright’s requests. Since the time, Wright modified the permit application for the Gooney Manor Loop campground.

During the previous meeting of the planning commission, most commissioners echoed concerns about traffic, fire hazards from campsites, criminal activity and drunk drivers, the effect on water resources, and noise.

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