Getaway House

This is an example of the cabins Getaway House would build. Credit: Mikalya Herrick Photography

A nationwide “outdoor hospitality company” wants to build a new, 45-unit campground in Brown County, Ind., where people from all over the Midwest could come to enjoy the serene landscape, rejuvenate and find more balance in their lives, according to the Brown County Democrat.

Guests would be able to stay in tiny house-like units that are a cross between a cabin and an RV, each surrounded by forest so that guests can enjoy a quiet, private, short-term stay in nature.

The company developing it would pay 10 years of back taxes for the portion of the acreage that they’d take out of the classified forest designation. They’d also pay to pave and maintain the two county roads that guests and staff would use to get to the campground: portions of Poplar Grove and Green Acres roads.

Stephen Maulden and Phil Gambrell pitched the request on behalf of Getaway House Inc. The group was seeking a special exception from the BZA to operate a travel trailer park. They didn’t need a zoning change, as travel trailer parks are allowed in the forest reserve (FR) zoning the land has but they can only happen if the BZA grants a special exception.

Getaway House Inc. operates 15 “mobile micro-cabin RV campgrounds,” which they call “outposts,” across the country, many of them along the East Coast.

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