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No decision tonight on rezoning in K.G.

The King George Board of Supervisors won’t make a decision Tuesday about a controversial rezoning near Bayberry Estates.

On March 18, the board heard from 24 residents of the subdivision who said they don’t want the 7-acre parcel rezoned to commercial. Residents said the rezoning, sought by a development company owned by James Jarrell, would bring more traffic, noise and crime to their neighborhood.

They also didn’t like the fact that Jarrell hadn’t specified what kind of business might be brought to the area.

Supervisors didn’t vote on March 18, but asked Supervisor Dale Sisson Jr. to work with Jack Green, the county’s director of development, to modify the application. If the developer could put in some restrictions about what type of business might operate on the parcel, residents might be more agreeable to it, board Chairman Joe Grzeika said.

Green and Sisson haven’t finished making adjustments to the modification, Green said. “Once that issue is resolved, the request will be forwarded back to the board,” he added.

Grzeika, Sisson and Supervisor Jim Howard all agreed that the parcel, which is off U.S. 301, is in an area that is designated for commercial growth, according to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. They concurred that a property owner should be able to develop his land.

Jarrell has said the rezoning is the first step in his plans to build a subdivision on 128 acres.

Supervisor Ruby Brabo, whose Dahlgren District includes Bayberry, said she doesn’t favor the rezoning or agree that all the county’s growth and economic development should be “thrown into one tightly congested area.”

Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. also was against the rezoning because the county’s Planning Commission recommended denying it and its neighbors don’t want it.

Tonight, the King George supervisors will hold a public hearing on allowing golf carts in the Potomac Landing subdivision off State Route 218.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425

cdyson@freelancestar.com

 

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