The prospective outlet mall took another step toward fruition last week.
The Hanover Board of Supervisors approved a request from Dominion Land and Development Corporation to rezone 31 acres from Light Industrial use to General Business use on the north side of Northlake Park Drive within the Northlake development.
The B-3 zoning would allow for retail, hotel, commercial recreational uses, and other uses consistent with the Comprehensive Plan’s Destination Commerce designation.
Destination Commerce developments are intended to draw traffic from Interstate 95. Kings Dominion and Bass Pro Shops qualify, for example, and so would an outlet mall.
Planning Director David Maloney said that county staff, the developer, and the developer’s engineer met and agreed to a threshold that would trigger additional improvements to Lakeridge Parkway.
When the properties generate a cumulative 3,100 vehicle trips per day, the developer would widen North Lakeridge Parkway to four lanes between Sunshade Lane and Northlake Park Drive.
Gibson Wright, representing the developer, said this rezoning is “one of just many changes we’ve had to make to get our ultimate goal of the outlet mall up at Northlake to become a reality, and I think we’re finally getting close.”
Ashland District Supervisor Ed Via made a motion to approve the rezoning request.
“Hopefully, [this action] will help bring the outlet mall to us,” Via said. “We’ve been working on it long enough, and I think the time has come.”
Supervisors unanimously approved the rezoning.