By. Brent Wilson Field Officer
One of the highest points along Spotswood Trail (Route 33) is near Quinque where Amicus Road and Route 33 intersect. Owners of nearly 22 acres that is zoned A-1 near this intersection – Ken, Kim and Mark Lawson – approached the Greene County Board of Supervisors at their second meeting in June to request a Special Use Permit (SUP) to allow a meeting place for church, clubs and other organizations on the parcel.
In the staff analysis of the application, Planning Director Jim Frydl explained that the Planning Commission recommended approval of the request on May 15th with one condition of no amplified sound between 10 pm and 10 am. Neither the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) or any other regulatory agencies indicated any concerns regarding the SUP.
Applicant Ken Lawson spoke to the supervisors about the SUP request stating his family feels the property is a beautiful setting and they hope to use it for agritourism and envision several different activities for the property.
Typically, one gauge of concern about a request is the number of speakers from the public against a project – this one had no one from the public speak against it.
The supervisors all had various positive comments about the request of the Special Use Permit. Supervisor Dale Herring (At Large) had no concerns and felt that the project fits the area well. Supervisor Marie Durrer (Midway) agreed that it is a beautiful location and it would be a great fit for the area.
Chairman Bill Martin (Stanardsville) appreciated the diligence that Lawson (a former Greene County supervisor himself) took in reviewing what is needed for a special use permit and that the request follows the Comprehensive Plan for the area.
The permit was unanimously approved with the time limitation for amplified noise from 10 pm to 10 am.
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