Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Comprehensive Plan Amendments–Big Deal?
Speaking from experience, Comprehensive Plan Amendments were a big thing in Loudoun County, where I reported previously.
In Spotsylvania, there have been a few in the two years I have been here and I reported on them only in the Spotsylvania section. I would link to the stories but even I have given up on our Web site’s story search capabilities. I can find four-leaf clovers faster.
Anyway, now that the county has a land-use plan, they want a twice-annual process for people to ask for comprehensive plan amendments. They will be allowed in July and January.
In my last year in Loudoun, there were 24 of these in one period. I felt so bad for the reporter, and I always got upset with him when he used the term CPA or comprehensive plan amendment in his stories because I didn’t think the average mom and dad knew what it meant.
So here is my promise: I will never use CPA or comprehensive plan amendment without providing a small sentence explaining what that means in common terms.
And what it means is that a developer is asking to change the county’s guide for growth to fit a development they want somewhere else than where the land use map allows it. It’s before a rezoning. You have to amend the plan to allow this requested development and then go through the rezoning process.
They were a big deal in Loudoun. We’ll see if they become a big deal here.