By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Owners of a 7.4 and 2.0 acre tracts on Route 29 just south of Ruckersville received rezoning from A-1 and B-1 to B-3, for approximately 5.5 acres on Tuesday, January 28th. This now converts all of the property owned by the Dean Family, LLC to B-3 which is a mixed use density.
One key element to this rezoning is that the parcels that were rezoned sit behind the road front property on Route 29 and have connectivity to Stoneridge Drive. Stoneridge is the development coming off Route 33 East before the Ruckersville intersection of Route 33 and Route 29 and is opposite the entrance to the Gateway Shopping Center which contains Walmart and Lowes
As Stoneridge Drive is developed from Route 33 East to connect back to Route 29 South near Bank of America and Virginia Power Motorsports , access will also be available through the Dean property. This is continuing the development of Ruckersville as a town center concept.
The only speaker from the public was David Holtzman from the Piedmont Environmental Council. He applauded the rezoning as it will lead to taking pressure off Route 29 and it makes sense. His only concern is that there was no definition to what type of development is anticipated for the parcels, residential and/or commercial.
All of the comments from the four Board of Supervisors (Monroe Supervisor David Cox was called to his job due to the snow forecast) were positive. Supervisor Bill Martin (Stanardsville) asked how the parcels would be interconnected with the roadway on the back side in Stonehenge Drive?
Bart Svoboda, Zoning Administrator/Planning Director, indicated that roadways are now required by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to provide interconnectivity when in the past it would be offered as a proffer. There will be an easement for the roadway to provide access like the parcels facing Route 29.
Chairman Jim Frydl (Midway) indicated that the BOS will look at high density mixed use in the future. Currently County Code has a 10 acre minimum size for Planned Unit Development (PUD). The minimum size eliminates many of the parcels in Ruckersville. Some in the community believe in order to transform Ruckersville to a good village, higher density must be achieved. The Board and Planning Commission will likely be discussing this issue well into the summer months.
The rezoning request was passed by a 4-0 vote.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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