Campgrounds and zoning were in question at the Seward County (Neb.) Board of Commissioners meeting Sept. 17, according to The Milford Times.

The board held a public hearing regarding a campground site on Highway 15, by the Interstate 80 exit. The land currently is home to Glenhaven Village Mobile Home Park.

Commissioner Becky Paulsen excused herself from the board and joined the land owner, Alyssa Hendrix, as the zoning official.

Paulsen said Glenhaven was operational before zoning was updated in 1996 and 2007.

“After zoning was established, the area around the interstate intersection was zoned to a C2 highway commercial district. The use of the mobile home park then became a non-conforming use,” she said.

Paulsen said the mobile home park was to continue as a non-conforming use until its removal and the survival of the park was not to be encouraged.

A 30-year resident in the area, Carolyn Kortmeyer, said she was unaware of the zoning change.

“I had never got a date when that zoning changed,” Kortmeyer said. “We were told even if our house burnt down, or we had a tornado take out our house, we wouldn’t be able to rebuild.”

Hendrix said those who live at the mobile home park will be allowed to stay if the campground is approved.

“There’s six actual trailers that are out there that have people staying in them,” Hendrix said. “Then there’s one resident (Kortmeyer) that owns their land within the land. So, we’d like to keep the current people that are there, there. It’s affordable living for them and I don’t think that there is anywhere else in the county that they can take their trailers to live. So, we would be pushing them outside of the county.”

Kortmeyer said she commends Hendrix for taking ownership of the lot, but does not think a campground is the best use for the land.

“I think if you’re going to make it and keep it commercial, there’s got to be different things out there that can be commercial that would be better than an RV park,” she said.

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