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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Rec. cabin exemption trying to be eliminated
Wasn't an attempt at "justifying" these new regs, only pointing out that things are changing in the area of "camps" and such.
I know several people that have built fairly extensive rural digs in the past few years, that are now hunting camps/recreational cabins, but were fully intended to be retirement homes, at some point in the next few years.
Figure that's the "thinking" behind most of the new regulations: Addressing the increasing incidences of former camps/cabins, becoming dwellings? Not that I agree with these regs.
We ran into this problem last year, when building a 30x40 storage addition onto one of our gunclub buildings. We classified it as "agricultural storage", because while it will mostly used to store pallets of claybirds for our trap program, it's also used for storing tractors, seeder and other equipment used on club grounds, pheasant raising and food plot work, etc.
The twp. classified it as a commercial structure, so it cost quite a bit more, for additional footer requirements; control joints/bond beam in the masonry walls; H beam over the garage door, etc.
Part of our problem, is that the twp. rezoned our 154 acre property several years ago, from Ag/Forest, to R1 or some variant thereof, that retained the ability to raise livestock, but limited other uses such as additional buildings. They did wave the requirement for filing a land use plan, but that's about it.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B