Variance Approved

January 06, 1991

WESTMINSTER — The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has conditionally approved a variance request from the owner of the Ramblin Pines Campground on Hoods Mill Road, Woodbine.

Vivian Leatherwood asked for a variance reducing the minimum required area for two campsites from 5,000 square feet each to 2,900 and 2,800 square feet, and a second variance reducing the minimum setback line of 100 feet to distances ranging from 35 feet to 90 feet for seven other campsites.

The site development plan for the campground, approved in 1972, originally depicted 80 family campsites and 15 primitive campsites.

Upon the completion of eight campsites last spring, the board received a complaint about the campsites. Upon inspection, the board notified Leatherwood that the campsites did not conform with the minimum lot area or setback requirements.

Leatherwood then hired a surveyingfirm to prepare a sketch plan for the campsites in an attempt to meet the board's requirements

Since topographical problems were unforeseen when the campsite was originally planned, the board approved the variance requests on the condition that a wooden stockade fence, 8 feet high, be erected to screen the view of Campsites 1 and 2, and that a single row of white pine trees, or similar coniferous trees, be planted starting opposite the beginning of the fence.

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