Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Rezoning west of Andora Drive
Tonight the Spotsylvania County supervisors are expected to vote on Mr. Pagan’s rezoning and special-use permit for an office building and wholesale nursery and greenhouse on his farm off State Route 3 near the Orange County line.
If approved, the rezoning would be a change of direction for a group that said it would not rezone any land past Andora Drive to commercial, because of the proximity to historic Civil War battlefields.
Supervisor Hap Connors has argued that a well-designed office building, with a wholesale nursery and greenhouse hidden from Rt. 3 is a better alternative than the byright development Mr. Pagan could do without any government approval, which is 11 houses. The office complex will be built to look like a barn.
Supervisor Jerry Logan is expected to vote "no" for this rezoning because he said he made a promise never to support a commercial rezoning west of Five Mile Fork, which is farther east of Andora Drive. The biggest problem Logan said he has with the project is the precedent of rezoning land to commercial that is outside the primary growth area.
As this article states, there are about 13 parcels west of Andora Drive that are already zoned commercial.