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BZA postpones campground decision
Updated on: 04.24.14


After hearing more than three hours of statements, the Board of Zoning Appeals decided to delay ruling on a petition for a public campground in the Bean Blossom area.

At just before 10:30 p.m. April 23, BZA member John Dillberger suggested the board wait to deliberate on the request for special exception filed by Michael Farabaugh. Dillberger’s four fellow members agreed.

Farabaugh and his family want to convert 75 acres situated between Gatesville Road, Bill Monroe Music Park and the Brown County Dragway into a campground. There would initially be 300 campsites, about 70 percent of which would have electricity. The site would contain more than 500 parking spaces, an activities area and be open to the public from mid-April through Nov. 1.

The BZA has a lot of information to digest. Besides statements from several of the standing-room-only crowd, the board has numerous documents supplied by Farabaugh, his three attorneys, his supporters and his opposition to consider.

The BZA will decide whether the proposed use fits into Brown County’s zoning ordinance.

Motorcycles were continually mentioned during the meeting. The opposition to the project talked about “deafening” noise created by illegal mufflers. They also recalled memories of past motorcycle events that included what they considered immoral behavior.

Farabaugh organizes Indiana Bike Week and BikerFest. Part of his plan with the campground includes serving as spillover for Bill Monroe Music Park.

Farabaugh’s attorneys argued that the matter before the BZA was a question of land use and not of event types. They said Farabaugh meets all zoning requirements and he should be granted the special exception.

Those who supported Farabaugh’s plan talked about economic development and bringing people to a community that relies on tourism. His attorneys called the campground a perfect fit for Brown County.

Attorneys from each side of the topic noted the difficulty in the decision before the BZA.

The BZA will deliberate at its next meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. May 28. Board members may ask questions for clarification, but they will not be accepting additional evidence.

For more information about what happened at the BZA meeting, read the upcoming edition of the Brown County Democrat.


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Lillian (Anderson) Wentworth Henderson, 87, Brown County

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Margaret (Stanley) Whitaker, 80, Morgantown
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