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Door County Camp Applies for Conditional Use Permit


DOOR COUNTY, WI – Monday, March 9, 2020 – Camp Zion, a year-round Christian camp that provides enrichment for children, their families, and adults, has applied for a conditional use permit to construct and operate a new dining hall on property they currently own.


Camp Zion has called Door County home since 1946 and has become a beloved and integral part of the surrounding area. Youth campers and their parents, as well as adult campers, return again and again to Door County and frequent local restaurants, shops, and other businesses, contributing to the livelihood and development of the local economy.


The present aging dining hall, completed in 1986, no longer adequately services the camp’s growing capacity, and the kitchen needs renovations to make it more efficient. Because mealtimes are an essential opportunity for campers to bond, fitting everyone together is important to the camp’s mission.


Over the past several years, the camp has sought the wisdom and counsel of individuals from various local government agencies, engineering and architectural professionals, and citizens. The collective wisdom of these conversations has resulted in plans for an attractive and functional facility that meets the Camp’s need for additional dining and meeting spaces in keeping with the character of other Camp Zion buildings, the surrounding community, the Town of Liberty Grove, and Door County. Overall, Camp Zion is eager to work together with the County to craft reasonable and responsible solutions to rational concerns that might be raised.


Under the current Door County Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO), a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is necessary whenever a Door County community member seeks to utilize his or her land in a way that is not expressly recognized under the CZO. Camp Zion is a religious institution, and is classified as an Institutional Recreation Camp in the CZO.


For a longtime religious Institutional Recreation Camp and community member like Camp Zion, this CUP is necessary as part of the camp’s ongoing efforts to update and improve facilities and to be able to offer and enhance activities and programs that provide campers the finest camp experiences possible, comparable to and consistent with customary activities and programs offered by similar camps throughout Wisconsin and across America.

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