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Planning Commission reviews Article 7

 

Discussions concerning changes to Article 7 of the Building and Zoning Code sparked questions regarding the validity of the conditional use permit for The Potomac Renaissance Condos  which are located at 100 Taylor St.

The subject came up at the September Colonial Beach Planning Commission meeting after Gary Mitchell, Director of Building and Zoning, presented changes to Article 7, Resort Commercial (RC) District, of the zoning ordinances. Mitchell requested the planning commission discuss the changes and approve advertising for a public hearing. 

The Resort Commercial District is the section of land that is just inside of Boundry St. to Colonial Ave. and Washington Ave. to the Potomac River.

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Planning Commission approves CIP and zoning ordinance amendment

Capital Improvement Plan

The planning commission performed their annual review of the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and sent a favorable recommendation to the council.

The council will review the five-year plan totaling almost 23 million dollars for town improvements and another 35.7 million for the school system.

Capital project or items are defined in the Virginia code as buildings, construction, studies, equipment, materials, renovations and maintenance or replacement items at a 

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Colonial Beach awarded Safe Routes To School Grant

Good news just keeps coming in for Director of Building and Zoning, Gary Mitchell. In late January Mitchell got word that a $10,000 planning grant to study and prepare a redevelopment plan for town owned property was awarded by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).

But this news was overshadowed on Feb. 6 when the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded the town with a $482,053 grant to fund the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Project.

The project will provide sidewalk installation and/or repair along Douglas Avenue, Wilder Avenue

Read more: Colonial Beach awarded Safe Routes To School Grant

Commission takes no action on too-small lots

After extended discussions concerning the definitions of minor and major home occupations, the Colonial Beach Planning Commission decided to pass zoning ordinance amendments with minor changes, with the idea of revisiting the home occupations issue at a later date if needed. Meanwhile the commission decided not to address ordinances that might make some properties on the Point useless.

The commission did not see a need to discuss the issue of minimal lot sizes and the impact it could have on some homeowners wishing to sell, or land owners who have not began to build.

Residential areas have two designations — R-1 and R-2. Minimum lot sizes for R-2 are 5000 square feet while

Read more: Commission takes no action on too-small lots

Commissioners review proposed changes to residential zoning districts

Planning commissioners continue to review changes to R-1 and R-2 zoning districts.  According to a proposed Statement of Intent, “The general intent of this district is to promote single-family dwelling units and open areas...to protect and enhance the essential characteristics of residential communities and to promote a suitable environment for family life.” 

Commissioner Margaret McMullen summed up the work of the commissioners by saying “Our job is to plan for the future.”  At stake is how strict or relaxed standards for new construction become. 

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