After getting the green light from the Nelson County (Va.) Planning Commission last week, Devils Backbone Brewing Company will now have to present its request to upgrade RV campsites to the Nelson County Board of Supervisors this month, according to the Nelson County Times

On Aug. 28, the Nelson County Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 to recommend approval of turning 25 dry campsites to wet campsites. 

This special use permit amendment request, if approved by the Nelson County Board of Supervisors, will allow Devils Backbone to provide hook-ups for water, sewer, and electrical for RVs at 25 sites that previously did not have that option. Devils Backbone has 25 dry sites and 25 wet sites for RVs as part of the original special use permit agreement.

When presenting to the planning commission, Antonio Jorge and Steve Crandall, Devils Backbone representatives, made it clear although the application addressed 25 of the currently dry sites, they would only be changing 23 of those.

“We have the permit in place already, the [special use permit], we just want to do an improvement on the property if you will,” Jorge said.

Mark Stapleton, Central District representative, questioned the logistics of additional sewer and water capabilities and how that will affect water management in the area.

“Some of the residents in the area have expressed concern about water and water management and the impact of adding would be equivalent of 25 one bedroom apartments to your septic field,” Stapleton said.

Crandall argued he hasn’t heard any complaints from neighbors about increasing water levels in the area and they are complying with all rules and regulations of the health department, as well as other state agencies.

“We have actually designed the sewage treatment system and the water plant not only to accommodate RV sites, but we’re also approved for a 25-room lodge with two floors, nine cabins, and a 250-person event space,” Crandall said. “We have additional capacity built into the system as it exists, so that’s why we have room to deal with this additional waste.”

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