After the Board of Supervisors recent scuttling of a river-front park that would have opened two-miles of stream frontage to day-hikers and history buffs, one Clarke County supervisor now wants to take a closer look at regulations covering recreational lots that dot the riverbanks of the County.
Supervisor David Weiss (Buckmarsh) told the other Supervisors on Monday that he had received complaints about the way temporary lots along the river were being used.
“Our ordinances don’t resolve the issues to the extent that the complainants would like to see” Weiss said.
At Weiss’s recommendation the board agreed to ask the Planning Commission to review County regulations related to temporary toilets, campers, electrical generators and other equipment on private lots along the Shenandoah River.
Weiss said that some people have set up permanent campers on the lots and live there permanently all summer and fall.
“I’m not sure that was the original intent of our ordinances” Weiss said. “We need to help citizens understand what they can and can’t do.”
Weiss said that it is his understanding that all property should be removed from the temporary campsites from January through April when flood risk is particularly high.
“Portable toilets and other equipment are supposed to be moved at the time of a flood” Weiss said. “Things like that need to be identified in a contract and someone needs to be responsible.” Weiss also suggested that the County should be notified whether or not camp lots with portable potties are under contract with a service company.
Weiss said that he has heard reports of portable generators being allowed to run all night and suggested that the County consider a “no-use” period each evening to preserve night-time silence.
“I think that our ordinances need some clarification” Weiss said.