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Commission nixes draft fracking regs

The King George Planning Commission voted to recommend that the board of supervisors not approve pro...

Service Authority to discuss water and sewer rate increases

King George Service Authority will discuss specifics on proposed rate increases during special budge...

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Ward, Blazer teaching vital skills to KG High School Junior Builders

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Planning Commission to consider draft fracking regulations at public hearing

The King George Planning Commission will hold public hearings next week on proposed ordinance amendm...

King George budget approved, real estate tax rate to rise

The King George Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a $70 million budget for 2015-16 that ...

King George rezones property for Commercial Metals Company

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Final plat approved in shopping center

Walmart grand opening rescheduled for August 17, 2011

The King George Gateway retail development in Dahlgren continues to proceed, with approvals granted last week for a final site plan for five retail spaces with roadside visibility from U.S. 301 (James Madison Pkwy).

Access to the site is being provided by two commercial entrances from U.S. 301. The stores will be served

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Cell tower permit request postponed

County Planning Commission seeks more answers
A recommendation to go to the King George Board of Supervisors for a special exception permit request for a 195-foot monopole cell tower in a residential subdivision has been postponed.

Following a public hearing on April 12, the Planning Commission voted to put off making a recommendation on the proposed cell tower until they get answers from county staff to some questions

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County to present $57M CIP request

The King George Planning Commission next Tuesday will hear details of requested projects for a proposed five-year $56,882,872 Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
Members of the public will also have a chance to comment on the proposed projects.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry is slated to appear before the commission to provide an overview of the requests and talk about how the CIP process fits into the county budget process.
That will take place next Tuesday, Jan. 11, when a public hearing on the 2011/12-2015/16 CIP is also scheduled. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Revercomb Building, located on Route 3 behind the King George County Courthouse.
Last month, at its Dec. 14 meeting, Planning Commissioners received copies of all capital requests.

Read more: County to present $57M CIP request

Two new businesses breaking ground

Despite the lagging economy, there is good news that some businesses are going forward with construction plans in King George.  
A new Dollar General store is coming to the Courthouse area and McDaniel’s Car Wash is being established in Dahlgren.
The following plats and plans were reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission at its meeting last month on June 8.

WOODLAWN COMMERCIAL SUBDIVISION FINAL SITE PLAN    
The Planning Commission provided approval for a request from Carol Kramer and Laura and Harvey Yarus for a final site plan to subdivide property known as Woodlawn (Commercial) Subdivision, Parcel D into two lots.  
The property is zoned General Trade (C-2) and identified as Tax Map 24 Parcel 163D.   Parcel D contains 4.62 acres in total, with Lot D-1 (on the corner) containing 1.86 acres and Lot D-2 containing 2.76 acres.
It is located on the north side of Route 3 at the intersection of Tinsbloom Mill Lane (Route 1097) with access only to be provided from Tinsbloom Mill Lane.  

Read more: Two new businesses breaking ground

Commission to look at $38M in capital projects

The King George Planning Commission next Tuesday will hear details of requested projects for a proposed five-year $38 million Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and take comment from members of the public on the proposed projects.
The public hearing on the 2010-2011 to 2014-2015 CIP is slated for Feb. 9. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Revercomb Building, located on Route 3 behind the King George County Courthouse.
Along with receipt of the project requests, planning commissioners received a transmittal letter from Deputy County Administrator/Finance Director Donita Harper.
Harper noted in her letter that she anticipates only about $250,000 being available to cash-fund CIP projects for the first year of the five-year plan next year in 2010-11.
In the previous few years, the county had expected to have between $750,000 and $1 million for cash-funding projects.  For the current year the county ended up with less than $400,000 available in cash, due to the economic climate resulting in lower revenues than originally anticipated.
Harper noted that she would be present at next week’s hearing to address financial questions regarding project funding, including any queries about plans for continued funding of ongoing projects contained in the five-year CIP proposal.

Read more: Commission to look at $38M in capital projects

Wal-Mart coming to King George!

Final site plan to be reviewed this week by Planning Commission

A Wal-Mart is the anchor store of a site plan of a retail development up for approval this week in King George.  
The Planning Commission is slated to review a final site plan for a project called King George Gateway, which indicates an anchor store containing 133,473 square feet.  
This week’s review and approval is slated for Tuesday, August 11, after The Journal goes to press with this issue.
The applicant is listed as OMZ King George LLC, represented by Edward Murphy, though tax maps indicate that the bulk of the property appears to currently be owned by Monmouth West Limited Partnership.
The brief staff report, comprised of one page with a cover sheet, does not mention Wal-Mart.  No formal announcement has been made by Wal-Mart or the applicant about siting a store in King George.  
Nor is Wal-Mart prominently named on the final site plan drawings.  But at least two sheets of the 83-sheet plan set refer to Wal-Mart construction details by name.  

 

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Planning Commission mulling rezoning request for townhouses at Fairview Beach

Recommendation expected at next week’s meeting

The Planning Commission will reconsider a rezoning request by Fairview Beach, LLC to rezone 9.33664 acres, with proffers, from Retail Commercial (C-1) to Multi-Family Dwelling District (R-3).
In December, a public hearing was held in December, but action was postponed until January.
~ STAFF RECOMMENDS DENIAL    Director of Community Development Jack Green is recommending denial of the rezoning request.  
The Board of Supervisors will have the final say in the matter after it gets a recommendation from the Planning Commission.  
The property is located in Fairview Beach on Pavilion Drive, identified as Tax Map 14, Parcel 1.  Access to the property is provided by Fairview Drive (Route 696).  
The purpose of the rezoning is to create a town house development with a maximum dwelling count of 74 units.
~ TRAILER PARK & CAMP GROUND WOULD GO    The current land use is as a camp ground and mobile home park.  
60 camp ground sites are located along the north portion of the property adjacent to the Potomac River.  
There are 30 mobile home lots, with most of them located along the southern property line, away from the Potomac River.  
29 of the mobile home lots are leased on a month-to-month basis to residents who own their own mobile homes.  They will be given six months to relocate if the rezoning is approved.
The camp ground and mobile home park are both legal nonconforming uses under the existing Retail Commercial (C-1) zoning, and may continue.  Neither be expanded nor enlarged.  
Likewise, new residential uses are not permitted to be constructed within the C-1 Zoning District.
The requested zoning is for Multi-Family Dwelling District (R-3).  The proposed zoning would allow townhouses at a density of eight units per acre.  
~ PROPOSED ENTRANCES    The applicant’s general development plan proposes a new primary entrance to the town house development located on Fairview Drive (Route 696).  The existing unimproved entrance would be retained to provide access to the existing restaurant and general store, with access between the town house development, restaurant and store.
But, while the proffers indicate the development would be served by one vehicular access point, the general development plan indicates that access to the town house development could be gained by the two noted vehicular access points.
~ FISCAL IMPACT    A fiscal impact summary was provided by the applicant that compares costs and revenues associated with the development over a 10-year period.  The applicant estimates that over the 10-year time frame that the county would see a net gain of $30K per year from property tax, meals tax, and miscellaneous fees/transfers.
~ TRAFFIC IMPACT ANALYSIS    A traffic impact analysis was performed 3 years ago in April 2006 from counts done in March 2006.  
The applicant says the proposed development would have minimal impact on traffic, would not lower the level service, nor create the need for a left hand turn lane going into the property.  
The staff report indicates that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reviewed the traffic impact analysis and commented that it was acceptable.
Bob Moesle, Managing Member of Fairview Beach, LLC, spoke on the request saying the Comprehensive Plan encourages mixed use development and also encourages pedestrian-oriented development.
He noted that the Fairview Beach Residents Association provided a letter in support of the townhouse proposal.  
He also said that the minimum size of each townhouse would be 1,650 square feet.
~ PROFFERS    The proffers include cash to be provided to the county in accordance with existing approved proffer guidelines.  The cash would be paid to the county at the time of issuance of each individual building permit.
The applicant is proffering to plan, build, pay and give to the county the water and sewer improvements necessary to serve the development.
~ PUBLIC COMMENT     The public hearing in December garnered comments from four members of the public.  
Terence O’Toole said he was in favor of the rezoning and that it is in line with some of the changes taking place in the rest of Fairview Beach.  
Rita Lund also said she was in favor of the request, adding that it was in keeping with the community.
Elizabeth Strank said she could likely support the proposal if the proposed entrance is relocated.  She also had other questions, including a concern about how estimated revenue to the county was calculated by the applicant, noting that the restaurant is located on a pier in the Potomac River, which would place it Maryland, so she questioned whether meals taxes are paid to the county.
Regina Myers, a mobile home owner leasing a lot on the property, said she was concerned about what would happen to her and the other mobile home owners, questioning whether the applicant would assist with costs to relocated trailers and whether it would be possible to provide longer than six months following possible approval.  
~ ZONING HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY    The staff report indicated that in October 1996 the Board of Supervisors denied a request by Tom DeShazo to rezone the same parcel to R-3.  
In addition, in May 2008, the Board of Supervisors approved a request to rezone a nearby parcel by Charles R. Bowie for 8.65 Acres of Tax Map 14, Parcel 6A from Retail Commercial District (C-1) to General Trade District (C-2) and 1.45 Acres of Tax Map 14, Parcel 6A from Rural Agricultural (A-2) to General Trade District (C-2).
~ REASONS FOR DENIAL RECOMMENDATION    The staff is recommending denial of the rezoning request for three main reasons.  Here are the reasons:
The requested density is inconsistent with recommendations of King George County Comprehensive Plan, which is for future density to be “low to moderate” with one dwelling unit suggested per each 2 to 10 acres.
Also, the number of units to be served by a single access easement is inconsistent with the County Subdivision Ordinance Design Standards, which sets a cap of 60 units to be served by a single access road, with 74 units requested by the applicant.
In addition, the applicant proposes to serve the town house development with a new entrance meeting Virginia Department of Transportation Standards, but also retain access through the existing unimproved entrance.  If the rezoning is approved, the staff recommends that the applicant volunteer to bring the existing entrance into conformance with the County and VDOT standards.

By Phyllis Cook, Staff Reporter

 

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