The Blount County Planning Commission today (Oct. 28) will continue debate on a proposal to allow commercial campgrounds of five acres or more in tourist-oriented areas, the Daily Times, Maryville, Tenn., reported.

The latest version of the proposal would require that commercial campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks be limited to specific areas deemed significant to tourism, generally the Highway 321 corridor leading to Townsend, and the Highway 129 corridor leading to Tallassee.

The planning commissioners will also consider whether to permit campgrounds within a certain number of feet on roads directly intersecting those specified roads.

In September, commissioners amended the proposal to require that the campgrounds meet the county’s current outdoor lighting standards and that all business at the campgrounds be conducted in accordance to existing noise laws within the county.

The county commission sent the proposed zoning amendment back to the Planning Commission for more discussion in May, the second time within a year. The proposal had already been revised to prohibit campgrounds in the R-1 zone.