By Brent Wilson, Field Officer
At the September 18th meeting of the Greene County Planning Commission Whitt Ledford, the former owner/operator of the Lafayette Inn located in Stanardsville, approached the Commission requesting a Special Use Permit for a Lodge and Bed & Breakfast on a 58 acre parcel he owns west of Stanardsville. Currently the Ledfords offer overnight lodging in a Yurt on the “Cair Paravel Farmstead” property. The property is zoned C-1 Conservation District and requires a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the use requested.
Bart Svoboda, Greene’s Zoning Administrator/Planning Director, presented the request stating that through a SUP conditions can be placed on a property that doesn’t carry those rights by zoning. The uses stay with the property regardless of the owner of the land. According to Svoboda’s analysis, Greene’s Comprehensive Plan supports this project in that it supports tourism in the county. The application indicates a maximum of 6 lodging houses would be developed on the property and staff supports this SUP. Svoboda concluded that both the Health Dept. and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) had no concerns with the project.
With there being no public comments Vice Chairman Jay Willer, acting in place of the absent Chairman Anthony Herring, asked Commission member Norman Slezak to give a site report . Mr. Slezak reported that he and Mr. Svoboda visited the property which sits on a remote site in western Greene County off of Route 33. The site is heavily wooded, provides great views of Greene County and is well maintained.
Commissioner Frank Morris questioned whether the facility would host outdoor parties and was assured that would not occur. Commissioner Vic Schaff’s comment was that this seemed to be a good use of the property. Mr. Slezak added that he believed the facility would be a plus for Greene County and would support tourism for the county. It is a beautiful area and he supports the request for the SUP. Vice Chairman Willer asked for clarification about the use of the pool. Mr. Svoboda assured the commission that this is an accessory use, not a pool where memberships are sold. It is solely for the enjoyment of the renters of the lodge and therefore an accessory use. With no other questions, the Planning Commission unanimously approved the SUP and this will request will go to the Greene County Board of Supervisors for final action.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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