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Spotsy supervisors approve mixed-use zoning category

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted 6-1 tonight to approve a mixed-use zoning classification that would give developers more flexibility in their projects.

Mixed-use developments typically involve a combination of homes, commercial businesses, apartments and other uses.

It was possible for developers to propose such developments before the new classification’s approval. But the separate zoning category will require less detail in proposed plans, giving developers more leeway in how their projects evolve.

Supervisor Benjamin Pitts, who cast the sole dissenting vote, objected to a clause allowing supervisors to override provisions in the new zoning category. “It concerns me that at some point in time four members of the Board of Supervisors could gut this ordinance on a particular project,” Pitts said. He also emphasized that the new category doesn’t have minimum requirements for undeveloped land.

Planning Commission Chairman Robert Stuber, who addressed supervisors, said commissioners wanted to recommend a zoning category that would “foster an environment that was pro business.”