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Orange supervisors approve rezoning for storage facility

Locust Grove residents may have access to an additional self-storage facility in the future, following a favorable Board of Supervisors vote on a rezoning request.

The board on Tuesday night rezoned three parcels of land comprising some 10.9 acres from Agricultural to Limited Commercial (C-1) and approved a special-use permit to allow a self-storage facility on the property.

The site lies on the north side of State Route 20, approximately one-third of a mile east of the intersection of Flat Run Road. It abuts Lake of the Woods in the area of Confederate Drive.

The Planning Commission earlier recommended approval of the request by the original applicant, Stephan McLean. McLean, responding to public comments and concerns at that time, modified his original request asking for General Commercial (C-2) rezoning to C-1.

One difference between the two categories is building height allowed. C-1 limits buildings to 40 feet, while C-2 allows 100-foot structures.

McLean also explained that lighting for the area would be motion sensor-controlled, and directed downward to limit light spillover. He also said admittance to his planned storage facility would not be allowed after 9 p.m. and that businesses would not be allowed to operate out of his site, except for storage of inventory.

According to a staff memo submitted to the supervisors with the request, after learning of the potential costs of stormwater management and a VDOT-required left-turn lane into the facility, Mclean later decided not to pursue the project.

Local entrepreneur Ken Dotson, who manages the LLC that owns the property, continued as the applicant for both the rezoning and the SUP. The Planning Commission reaffirmed its earlier approval after hearing that no changes to the conditions agreed to by McLean would be sought.

Three property owners from Lake of the Woods spoke against the rezoning, as well as two other county residents from outside the immediate area. In addition, a letter was submitted by the Lake of the Woods Association expressing concern with stormwater runoff.

Supervisor Jim Crozier commented that, having walked the site, he considered the proposal to be one of the best uses of the property because of its low-impact characteristics.

Supervisor Lee Frame, whose district comprises Lake of the Woods, said that he had looked into the stormwater runoff concerns cited by the LOWA letter.

“The concern I had has been mitigated by the existing [stormwater] law that goes into effect July 1,” he said. “It becomes a site plan issue that the developer will have to deal with.”

Crozier moved to approve the rezoning and SUP, with the conditions recommended by the Planning Commission, and Supervisor Jim White seconded. The vote was unanimous.

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