A children's camp and several residents have filed a lawsuit against Rockingham County looking to overturn a rezoning decision that affects nearly 200 acres of land.

The Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning request for a Huntsville community parcel to be used for entertainment venues in August. The decision drew concern from residents who say it paves the way for a casino.

Resident Kelly Demery said at that meeting the change would have long-lasting effects.

"The rezoning of this parcel of land will not only put an enormous burden on the community, it directly impacts the lives of the children," she said.

A court filing shared with FOX8 alleges that the 192 acres were improperly rezoned. The plaintiffs include Camp Carefree, a special needs organization and several Rockingham County residents.

They allege commissioners did not follow proper procedures and participated in illegal contract zoning. The lawsuit is looking for the decision to now be overturned.

A spokesperson for Rockingham County declined comment due to pending litigation.

A Rockingham County spokesperson said the county believes the rezoning is error-free and that the lawsuit will be dismissed. The county will respond to the allegations on or before Dec. 22.

*Editor's Note: This story was updated on November 6, 2023, with a statement from the Rockingham County spokesperson.

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