If anyone would object to our operation, it would be our neighbor directly across the street. Here’s how they responded.
Our glamping takes place on a “rural residential” property, a special zoning El Paso County that consists of 5-acre parcels (ours is 6.5 acres). We are close enough to civilization to make Walmart a quick 10-minute drive, but far enough to have a rural appeal and peace.
We want to respect the concerns of our neighbors, as a good neighbor should. Our particular road is quieter than most RR5 properties, only five other homes on our entire street. Therefore, it should be relatively easy to address any issue.
The neighbor who will be impacted the most is directly across the street from us. We paid them a visit and shared with them the news of our Special Use Permit. They, of course, knew of our three-year “under the radar” operation, but we shared with them how we want to move from piloting to launching.
Our driveways face each other directly, and the view from their living room is right on top of our tents. Unlike the rest of our neighbors, they see everything from their view. If anyone would be in opposition to our special request, they would be!
We had drummed up a dragon in our heads that perhaps they wouldn’t appreciate glamping across the street. Turns out that they loved the idea and even offered to write a letter of support. We couldn’t have asked for more.
They did share one reservation: Headlights coming out of our driveway. They said that our guests’ lights would shine into their bedroom. They had solved the problem by getting black-out curtains for their bedroom, but I still apologized for the inconvenience. Furthermore, I let them know that one of the developments I need to take is an updated driveway. I will move it further down my property so as not to create this problem for them in the future.
Good neighbors talk to one another and support one another, and I’m super glad to have such fine people across the street from the future Monument Glamping. I hope meetings with the rest of my neighbors go just as well.
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