By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
While Greene County has recently seen a number of businesses open prior to requesting a special use permit, Ronald Snoddy did the process correctly – at the October 28th Greene County Board of Supervisors meeting he requested a Special Use Permit before he expanded his existing business. Bart Svoboda, Greene County’s Zoning Administrator/Planning Director presented the request for the property on Matthew Mills Road in southern Greene County (SUP#14-009).
The business wants to expand into a 60 foot x 100 foot building for auto restoration on 2.27 acres zoned R-1, Residential. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) had no concerns nor did Rapidan Service Authority. The Health Department said there are 2 drain fields on the property and the new structure will be able to tie into one of them or it may require a new field – this will be determined by a detailed site plan. The disposal of any hazardous materials will be determined by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at the same time.
The Greene County Planning Commission approved the Special Use Permit with three conditions – 1) the process will be housed in the 60’ x 100’ structure, 2) it is a home business and 3) no outside storage to be allowed.
Snoddy told the Board of Supervisors he plans to add 2 people to his business and will increase the business he does in Greene County. The hearing was then open to the public and there were no speakers either for or against the Special Use Permit. Supervisor Bill Martin (Stanardsville District) noted the lack of speakers on the issue and Snoddy said he proactively contacted all of his neighbors to explain the request and answer any questions/concerns that they had. Supervisor Davis Lamb (Ruckersville District) asked Snoddy if he would be painting vehicles – he answered that he may in the future. Supervisor Eddie Deane (At Large) clarified that any painting would be done inside the building and therefore, not an issue for his neighbors.
Supervisor David Cox (Monroe District) jokingly asked if Snoddy would be willing to teach a class in the process of requesting a Special Use Permit. Cox thanked Snoddy for speaking to his neighbors first and requesting the SUP before doing business. Chairman Jim Frydl (Midway District) then questioned Snoddy if he would keep all the vehicles inside the new building – which he agreed that he would. Frydl then asked Svoboda about the buffer requirement and was told that only one side of the building would require some additional trees be added to block the view of the building from his neighbors.
Deane requested clarification regarding the no outside storage condition – what if an emergency occurred or just moving one vehicle out to let another vehicle inside. Svoboda explained that the provision meant that no vehicle be “stored” outside the facility but short term vehicles would be allowed outside. With no other questions a motion was made to approve the SUP with the 3 conditions plus a 4th – all buffers will comply with code. The SUP was unanimously approved.
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Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.