Alternative Lifestyle Campground Voted Down
Residents Pack Zoning Meeting To Oppose Plans
Last Updated: 1091 days ago
A proposed clothing optional campground in Morgan County was denied zoning approval Monday night to begin operation.The campsite got plenty of attention after a swingers website promoted a planned event in rural Morgan County last month, 6News' Ericka Flye reported.After the owners said they planned to cater to the gay community, opposition grew.The Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously denied the request, citing traffic concerns, road problems and a perceived adverse effect on property values, drawing a standing ovation from about 100 residents at the meeting."I don't know if what I'm hearing is hearsay. I just hope it is," resident Kim Walls said during the meeting. "I'm scared to death."Sandra Partlow, who stood quietly near the wall most of the meeting, owns the 20-acre property on Peavine Road, which is zoned agricultural.Partlow sought a special exception, relying on her attorney, Dale Coffey, to address concerns about water shortages, increased traffic and noise."We think that the 8-foot privacy fence is going to catch a lot of it," Coffey said.Partlow said she has an open lifestyle and that the camp would offer a private, exclusive atmosphere for her friends, but she added that it would not be a designated nudist or swingers camp.Still, neighbors fretted over what could take place on the property."People walk with their families. Children ride their bikes. People ride their horses along these roads," said resident Daniel Elliot. "You combine that with people who are drinking alcohol, and all the sudden we have a disaster in the making."Other residents worried that the peace and quiet they enjoy would be destroyed."I don't want to be able to smell my neighbor. I don't want to hear them for an extended period of time, and I don't want to see them, unless they're dressed for public," said Darrell Dill, Green Township trustee.