By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Virginia Code requires, absent a proactive rezoning by a locality, property owners must ask for permission (and pay an application fee) to have their property’s zoning changed to match the community vetted Comprehensive Plan. Last night (4/19) such a request came before the Greene County Planning Commission for a public hearing and recommendation. After the planning commission recommendation the application then must go to the Board of Supervisors for a public hearing and final zoning determination.
ARA Properties owns two adjoining parcels, each about ¾ of an acre near Ruckersville behind CVS on Moore Road.
One is currently zones B-2, Business while the other is zoned R-1, Residential (60-(10)-2 – three parcels north of Route 33 east of Ruckersville.
A representative of ARA Properties addressed the Planning Commission at their April meeting and explained that they are requesting the rezoning to have both parcels zoned the same – B-2, Business so that they can are more apt to be used for commercial uses.
Chairman Jay Willer opened the hearing to the public but there were no speakers signed up for the hearing. Planning Director Bart Svoboda advised Willer that no comments were received from the adjoining land owners. In addition, Svoboda went on to explain that the parcel is in a growth area of Greene County which is designated to encourage a mix of commercial, office and residential uses.
Willer stated that he felt this is an appropriate use given the Comprehensive Plan of Greene County and the goal is to have commercial activity in that part of the county. Commissioner John McCloskey added that he was glad to see that the owner came forward to request the rezoning.
The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning and it will now be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for their public hearing and final zoning decision.
The April Planning Commission meeting was the first meeting for Commissioner Steven Kruskamp, Jr., taking the place of former Commissioner Vic Schaff.