By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
With several parcels changing uses near the intersection of US29 and Route 33, several Ruckersville enterprises are on the move.
Melissa Andrusczyk, who operates a business on the southeast corner of Routes 33 and 29 in Ruckersville, approached the Greene County Planning Commission on Wednesday, July 15 seeking approval of a special use permit to open another business just west of Ruckersville on Route 33.
The new facility, located at 14343 Spotswood Trail, has recently been vacated by a church presenting the opportunity for Andrysczk to open Ruckersville Rummage in the existing building.
Bart Svoboda, Director/Zoning Administrator presented the request to the Planning Commission explaining that VDOT felt no additional parking would be needed as well as no upgrades. The structure is just west of a crossover near Creative Press and the Ruckersville Fire Department so that customers wanting to travel east would have to exit westbound and take the next crossover to head east on Route 33. The Health Department also had no concerns related to the new business.
The plot is located in the A-1 district (County Tax Map 60B-(A)-2) and the Comprehensive Plan supports economic growth in this area of the county. That area of the county has approximately a 20/80 split between business vs. residential currently. Staff recommends approval since it keeps the character of the area the same and no outside storage or flea market would be allowed with the special use permit.
Commissioner Frank Morris, At Large Member, questioned if any display of product for sale or advertisement would be needed since no outside tables would be allowed. Andrysczyk asked if some product could be displayed to advertise the business and that it would be brought inside nightly.
Svoboda stated that any outside display is prohibited unless specifically allowed by the commission. He asked that the commission define a measurable/enforceable distance/area or totally strike the display restriction.
The Planning Commission discussed various boundary limits for the display and finally decided not to limit the display of product with the assumption that parking requirements would limit where product could be displayed. Commissioner Eva Young made a motion to approve the SUP with the only provision being that no outside sales be allowed and motion was passed unanimously.
Note: The current location of Ruckersville Rummage that is operated on the southeast corner of Routes 29 and 33 has had plans approved to develop the parcel.
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