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Planning Commission recap: Walgreens OK’d, Crucible deferred

Wednesday was a long night for the Planning Commission.

Here’s a look back at what else happened during the meeting, which ran from 6:30 til about 11:30 p.m. The full agenda is here.

1) The commission voted 7-0 to essentially clean up the language in the cluster subdivision ordinance.

2, 3) A decision for the mixed-use project at 610 Park Ridge was deferred to Sept. 11. Read more here.

4, 5) The commission approved a rezoning and conditional use permit to allow a second Walgreens location, this one along U.S. 17. Worries about a “futuristic” design of the pharmacy led a Walgreens representative to OK a change to a more traditional look. The 14,725-square-foot drugstore would have a drive-through and three access points, two off U.S. 17 and another from Commerce Parkway. No one spoke during the public hearing. Commissioners said the design wasn’t a good fit for the county, and voted to allow the CUP and rezoning, if Walgreens were to use the same appearance as the recently approved location on Cool Springs Road.

6, 7) Read about the transfer-of-development rights discussion here. A full story will be published soon.

8) John Garman from The Crucible spoke about the company’s request for a conditional use permit that would allow the training facility to expand, and make it a conforming use in the county. A final decision was deferred to Sept. 11. Read a previous story about the project here.

9) Abberly at South Campus was deferred.

10) The commission suggested new names for the roads affected by the new I-95 interchange and the Rocky Pen Run Reservoir projects. Two roads near the interchange could be named after local service members who died: John “Garnett” Sullivan, a Falmouth volunteer firefighter killed in 1956 at the line of duty; and Israel “Izzy” Rodriguez, who died in 1998 while answering a call to assist accident victims during a storm. Rocky Run Road will be split once the reservoir opens, and the commission recommended naming the western half Roberson Road, after a longtime family who lost land for the project. Also suggested was Old Rocky Run Road. The commission and Board of Supervisors aren’t bound by these names after advertised for a public hearing. Other suggestions can be given.

12) Bob Gibbons asked to defer the Comprehensive Plan Compliance Review on the Clift Farm Quarter property. A court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12, he said.

15) The commission approved 7-0 a preliminary subdivision plan for 20 single family residential lots, called Brooke Village, on 9.5 acres on Little Whim Road, off Brooke Road.