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Warren County Planning Commission Rejects Campground, Events Center Proposal

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On Wednesday, Virginia‘s Warren County Planning Commission rejected a campground and events center proposed for Browntown due to safety and traffic security concerns.

According to a report, Edwin Wright applied for conditional-use permits to run a campground and a rural events facility at 2905 Gooney Manor Loop and Wellspring Road on his property.

Commissioners conducted four separate public hearings concerning conditional-use permits in connection with the same application. The applicant wants two permits to operate a rural events center and two commercial camping sites.

Commissioners voted 3-1 to suggest its denial to the Board of Supervisors. Chairperson Robert Myers with commissioners Scott Kersjes (North River District) and Kaylee Richardson (South River District) supported the motion. Shenandoah District Commissioner Joseph Longo voted against the motion.

The majority of commissioners agreed with particular concerns voiced by the opponents of the proposed campsite and events center. They cited the inability of Gooney Manor Loop and Browntown Road to handle the increase in vehicles; fire-risks from camping areas; criminal activities of event-goers and campers; drunk drivers; the impact on water resources and the supply to neighbors who depend on wells; and the noise.

In defense, Wright said that his plan would safeguard the use of the land as a farm that has been in his family for a long time. Wright is also trying to counter what he called inaccurate, false statements and assertions regarding his plan, the Gooney Manor Loop, and traffic.

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