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Educational camping village approved for Sharpsburg ministry center

April 08, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center will add an educational camping village to its property at 16869 Taylor's Landing Road in Sharpsburg.

The Washington County Planning Commission Tuesday approved the project, called the Heifer Global Village, which will be an "educational camping experience designed to acquaint visitors with living conditions in other countries/poverty regions," according to the site plan.

It will include seven "villages" representing China/Tibet, Guatemala, Kenya, Thailand, Mozambique, Appalachia and a "refugee camp," the site plan shows.

The villages will include homes, gardens and animals representative of those areas, according to Shepherd's Spring's Web site.

The villages would occupy about four acres on the ministry center's 219-acre property and would operate seasonally, according to plans for the project.

Construction will begin this spring and all programs are scheduled to be implemented by the fall of 2009, according to the group's Web site.

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The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a zoning variance for the project on Jan. 11, 2008.

No opposition to the project was made during a public hearing in December 2007.

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