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Using photographs and advertisements from the 1950s as evidence, the attorney for Horton’s Camping Resort in Truro, Mass., told the zoning board of appeals (ZBA) that the campground was established years before the town adopted zoning in 1959, and therefore can move forward with plans to bring sewer, water and electricity to all 218 campsites without the town’s review and approval, WickedLocal.com reported.

Currently, 32 campsites are hooked up to the old sewer pit system, 73 have water service and 63 have electricity, according to campground attorney Donald Nagle.

Last May, Truro Building Commissioner Russell Braun issued a stop work order after the campground had cleared almost a dozen acres of vegetation and topsoil in preparation for extending roads and utilities. The town claimed the campground was required to go through a site plan review process.

“We are not in violation of local zoning because we are not subject to zoning,” Nagle told the ZBA on Monday. During a three-hour presentation, he cited an advertisement for Horton’s campground in a 1951 edition of the Provincetown Advocate. The ad promised “Heated showers” and “Electric connections.”

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