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The Front Royal Planning Commission approved plans for a 200-site park. Credit: Royal Examiner

The Front Royal (Va.) Planning Commission considered a Special Use Permit application for Poe’s River Edge LLC for a new 200-site campground on part of an industrial (I-2) zoned tract next to the Shenandoah River and the Norfolk Southern Rail line at its meeting on Wednesday (Feb. 16), according to the Royal Examiner.

The campground site would accommodate up to 2,500 people and is served by a series of roads either already in existence or to be constructed by the applicant. The commission heard Planning Director Kopishke brief the details and staff findings on the proposal.

Chairman Douglas Jones asked if the emergency plan was adequate to facilitate the evacuation of 200 sites should a flood emergency require it. The applicant representative, Joe Brogan, explained that constant monitoring of potential flood events and early warning, combined with the planned egress path, would assure that campground occupants would have ample time to evacuate. The applicant permit request package contains evacuation procedures and directions for guests.

In the advertised public hearing, there were no members of the public present to offer opposition or support, so the commission voted to recommend approval of the permit request, which will now go to the town council for final approval.

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