Regional district puts foot down on illegal campground

Many of the properties along Nicola Lake are zoned lakeshore residential, which does not permit campgrounds.
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KAMLOOPS – The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is suing a private campground at Nicola Lake after it came to light it was operating without the proper permits within the regional district.

Mike Garrett confirmed the regional district is taking a private campground on a property beside the lake to court in an effort to stop them from operating outside of what the zoning permits.

In the regional district, permits are required in order to run a campground, and have been since 1982.

“We do regulate campgrounds,” development services director Regina Sadilkova says. “It's not a new thing.”

The current bylaw outlines items such as the number of campsites allowed, buffer areas, parking, utilities and accessory buildings setbacks. The number of required toilets and washbasins required and proper garbage disposal are also covered in the bylaw.

If the land is zoned correctly then a permit to run a private campground can be issued. Many of the properties around Nicola Lake are zoned lakeshore residential where single family zoning allows for a bed and breakfast, community recreation facilities or home based business and the multi-family also allows golf courses. Lakeshore resort zoning allows for campgrounds.

The case is yet to go before the courts.

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