By. Brent Wilson Field Officer
The Greene County Board of Supervisors gave approval for a Bed and Breakfast on Route 33 west of Stanardsville just below the Shenandoah National Park at their April 14th meeting. Rob and Carmen Lynch represented three principals requesting a Special Use Permit on the nearly 14 acres zoned C-1 – Conservation.
Bart Svoboda, Director/Zoning Administrator, presented the Special Use Permit (SUP# 15-002) to the Board and explained that up to 13 units can be permitted which this particular SUP requests only 5 cabins and a lodge. A SUP can place restrictions similar to those that the Planning Commission proposed on March 18th when they unanimously approved the Special Use Permit. Svoboda stated that the SUP fit the county’s Comprehensive Plan by encouraging tourism and encouraging frequenting businesses in Greene County and that even though it is located outside the growth area it is near the Shenandoah National Park which has many tourists traveling Route 33. Mr. Lynch agreed with Svoboda in that the B&B fits well in the area and hopes that it will encourage tourists to spend their tourism dollars in Greene.
The lack of public comment clearly came as an endorsement for the project. The discussion amongst the Board members also indicated support for the project. Supervisor Bill Martin, Stanardsville District, asked Mr. Lynch did they plan on the maximum number of people of 100. Lynch indicated that the 100 was the maximum the Planning Commission allowed and he felt that would not be the normal activity but special events might raise the number.
Supervisor Eddie Deane, At Large, didn’t believe this project would compete directly with Lydia Mountain Cabins and that this project would attract more tourists to Greene County. Supervisor Jim Frydl, Midway District, thinks the location near Route 33 and the Shenandoah National Park is good for this type of venue and it is a good application.
Supervisor Frydl made a motion to place the same restrictions on the Special Use Permit as the Planning Commission passed:
1) 6 cabins and 1 lodge
2) any renter is limited to 30 of 365 days per year
3) limit to 100 guests between 7 am to midnight
4) site approvals required
5) must be developed in accordance with the map in Special Use Permit
With no further discussion, the motion passed unanimously 5-0.
Brent Wilson is the Greene County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.
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