By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Greene County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the new year and welcomed two “new” members of the panel, Steve Bowman (Monroe) and former member – Davis Lamb (Ruckersville).
The public hearing held during the meeting involved tweaks to Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances related to approval of improvements and the release of performance guarantees. Planning Administrator Jim Frydl presented the first issue which was proper bonding to ensure completion and acceptance of infrastructure improvements such as sidewalks, streets, wastewater facilities, streetlights, etc.
The panel also considered an inflation clause so that projects that take years to complete, the bonds would rise to properly cover the cost at that point in time of completion.
The zoning ordinance revision also indicates that the project must be completed by the controlling agency to release the bond provided to secure the project. Finally, the developer must carry the responsibility to maintain the road until it is turned over the state.
In regard to the Subdivision Ordinances, the revision indicates the developer must have the roads ready to turn over to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) when the development is 80% complete.
Also, the requirement requires that the street infrastructure from the development to the public roadway be properly aligned.
Finally, the definition of a corporate security bond was clarified to require that the county attorney review and approve the bond.
At the public hearing, only one speaker commented on the proposed changes.
Chairman Bill Martin (Stanardsville) asked Frydl if any developers attended the Planning Commission meeting. Frydl said that none attended but he had several conversations with developers and received positive feedback. Martin also asked how Albemarle County handles these issues and Frydl indicated staff would survey Albemarle and surrounding counties and report back to the Supervisors. The proposed revisions were approved on a vote of 5-0.
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