The Nelson County (Va.) Board of Supervisors approved both an extended-stay campsite at Devils Backbone Brewing Company and a brewery during its meeting on Jan. 14, according to the Nelson County Times.
Devils Backbone in Roseland submitted a special use permit application to allow its RV park to be an extended-stay park. Travelers would be able to stay for up to 180 days.
On Dec. 18, the Nelson County Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend approval of the permit.
The campsite is located at 30 Three Ridges Lane in Roseland. Previously, campers at any campsite in the county were only allowed to stay for up to 30 days and there was no option for businesses to extend the time limit. The county recently added in extended stays for up to 180 days by special use permit in agriculturally zoned areas.
Devils Backbone co-founder Heidi Crandall said after the meeting she was thrilled with the board’s final decision to set in motion the 180-day ordinance.
“Providing additional lodging for more than 30 days in our full RV slips is golden when the county is in a lodging deficit,” she said. “For business people and vacationers, they now have the flexibility with their length of stay to enjoy all the activities and businesses Nelson County has to offer without feeling rushed.”
She said people come from all over the world to experience the Blue Ridge Parkway, see the Appalachian Mountains and hike the Appalachian Trail.
“We already lost hundreds of [Appalachian Trail] Thru-Hikers each year, so we’re happy to also have accommodations for the more casual camper or hiker, plus families,” she said.
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