The Planning Commission unanimously backed the Board of Supervisors’ changes to the Comprehensive Plan last week. The full plan with changes will now go back before the Board for final approval.
In September, the Board forwarded six total amendments to land-use designations, a utility map and “mixed-use” zoning in the Comp Plan, which acts as the county’s guideline for land use, infrastructure and transportation for the next 20 years.
Supervisors restricted “mixed-use” designations to within the area of Hanover equipped with infrastructure, also known as the Suburban Service Area. If approved, the change also would require that at least 35 percent of any property zoned for “mixed-use” be developed for commercial or industrial uses.
Other modifications included designating the Hylas/U.S. Route 33 as “planned business” on the Plan’s general land use map, which was originally planned for residential.
Planners also approved the Board’s proposal to add, “planned business” in the Cedar Lane/U.S. Route 1 corridor and near Lakeridge Parkway, just south of Lickinghole Creek.
In Mechanicsville, the area west of Bell Creek Road and south of Pole Green Road would change from being “planned business” to permitting residential developments of four to eight dwelling units per acre.
A pump station was also added to a map that lays out the county’s public utility facilities. If approved, it would be located in the Beaverdam District in the area between I-95 and the CSX railroad.
Before planners signed off on the modifications, they held a workshop to review and consider each of the Board’s proposed amendments. Following the workshop, planners held a public hearing where only a handful of residents chimed in.
Only 17 citizens attended last Thursday’s hearing, a stark contrast to previous turnouts of more than 60 concerned citizens at earlier public hearings regarding the Comp Plan
Throughout the entire review of the 2007 Comp Plan process, which happens every five years per state law, residents from rural areas such as the South Anna District expressed concerns about increased residential density.
During the public comment, Nancy Young, who resides on Old Telegraph Road, was worried about her neighborhood, which is part of the area that is designated for “planned business.”
“We are a little neighborhood there,” Young said. “In my humble opinion, the planned business is not the right fit for our neighborhood.”
According to Planning Director David Maloney, the revisions will go back before the Board in November.