Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Do it all over again, again
The Planning Commission voted 7-0 to continue the public hearing on the design standards. Why? It appears that a new public hearing advertisement is probably necessary because there are so many new changes to the proposals in an effort to appease the development community.
For example, staff today proposed that developers would have to meet 65 percent of the design standards. That is down from 75 percent proposed at the last public hearing, and 85 percent that was originally proposed. Now, there’s chatter about getting rid of the entire list of design standards, called a design matrix.
County planners held a meeting Monday with developers, the Committee of 500 and two planning commissioners were present. The press was not invited. Apparently, this was a groundbreaking, widely attended meeting.