At the May, 2020 Greene County Planning Commission meeting, a rezoning application was presented seeking to change from R-1 to B-2 Business so that it may be combined with an adjoining parcel that is already zoned B-2. Arthur and Diane Shifflett own both parcels and are in the process of opening a General Store off Route 810 on Bacon Hollow Road. The proposed larger B-2 parcel (the combination of the two parcels) is required by current zoning regulations for the proposed use.
Planning Administrator Jim Frydl outlined the request and explained that in the area in Dyke there is a small section of B-2 property that is surrounded by R-1 Residential zoning. The Shiffletts seek to add .6 acres that is currently zoned R-1 and that parcel needs to change to B-2 in order for the new, combined parcel to be large enough for current zoning requirements to open the General Store.
Frydl felt that the request fits the Comprehensive Plan in that it helps tourism and promotes economic development in that part of Greene County. It will provide a needed service in south western Greene County. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) had no issues with the rezoning. Frydl indicated staff recommend approval.
Willer asked if the two parcels have actually been combined. Frydl indicated that this is occurring this week and it will be completed before the rezoning action goes to the Board of Supervisors for approval. The meeting was opened to the public and quickly closed with no questions or comments.
The Planning Commission had no further questions and voted to recommend approval of the rezoning application by a vote of 4-0 with one commissioner (John McCloskey) absent from the meeting. This zoning request will now be presented to the Board of Supervisors for the final decision.
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