A decade-long restriction on the placement of Washington County (Tenn.) campgrounds was lifted Monday (Feb. 23) when the county commission approved new regulations that grew the number of allowed districts from one to eight, the Johnson City Press reported.

“We’ve created some common sense planning, and there no longer is a stranglehold on it,” said Chris Pape, the county’s chief deputy zoning administrator. “Prior to this change, the only place you could have a campground was in an A-3, or agricultural-zoned district.”

The hope is at base for more campers, but county officials also expect growth and revenue to follow from RV parks, commercial resort developments geared around outdoor activities, as well as a greater opportunity for Bristol race fans to stretch out at various locations.

Campgrounds are listed in four general categories: temporary campgrounds; community recreational facilities/public/church and youth camps; commercial campgrounds; and commercial resort developments, with the last two requiring a minimum facility size of 20,000 square feet.

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