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Commission postpones action on Dahlgren rezoning request

The King George Planning Commission was last week persuaded by objections from four people to postpone action on making a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding a rezoning request in Dahlgren on 6.75 acres abutting US 301 (James Madison Pkwy).


Planning Commissioner Bill Robie’s motion at the Dec. 10 meeting to postpone action unanimously passed following a public hearing on the case and discussion by the members of the Planning Commission.
The case could be back at the commission’s meeting on Jan. 14 or the following month in February.

JPI Walnut Hill LLC represented by Jay Jarrell is requesting to rezone from Rural Agricultural (A-2) to General Trade (C-2) with proffers a small portion of a 128.95-acre parcel, identified as Tax Map 9 Parcel 34. The property location is on the west side of US 301 about .2 miles south of the intersection with Danube Drive (Route 1101).

The property would be served by public utilities that would be provided by the King George County Service Authority.

 

PROFFERS
The parcel requested for rezoning is an irregular shape. The purpose of the rezoning is to consolidate it with a smaller adjacent triangularly-shaped parcel 37A, which contains 1.91 acres.

The rezoning request contains a proffer for a boundary line adjustment that would result in a rectangular parcel with additional frontage on US 301. Access to the property is provided by US 301.

A detailed traffic impact analysis was submitted by the applicant, which was reviewed and commented on by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). As a result, the applicant’s proffers include VDOT-recommended safety improvements to a number of median cross-overs and existing entrances.

ADJACENT ZONING
The 6.75 acre parcel is in open land and woodlands, surrounded on three sides by commercially-zoned property.
On the fourth side it abuts two residential properties in the Bayberry subdivision.

In addition, there are 21 properties in Bayberry subdivision which are currently adjacent to the larger 128.95-acre property zoned Retail Commercial (C-1).

PUBLIC HEARING
Five people spoke during the public hearing portion of the case. One was the applicant, Jay Jarrell, who spoke in favor of the request.

The other four were adjacent, nearby, or planned property owners in Bayberry who raised concerns about the proposal. The four were Celia Shields, Faron Kendle and Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Martinez.

The four had concerns which centered on the type of retail/commercial development that might go in, along with concerns about increased traffic.

Discussion by the Planning Commissioners included issues about the potential for light and noise pollution for the adjacent residential property and the possibility that the developer may wish to consider providing a buffer area and/or fence adjacent to the two residential lots.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
The property is located in the Dahlgren Primary Settlement Area in the county’s Comprehensive Plan.
The Department of Community Development recommends that the Planning Commission forward the rezoning application to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation for approval, in accordance with the applicant’s general development plan and the submitted proffers primarily regarding numerous traffic safety improvements and a boundary line adjustment.

There will be another chance for the public to comment at a hearing to be scheduled by the Board of Supervisors, should the applicant proceed with the request. The Board of Supervisors has the final authority for review and either approval or denial of all rezoning requests.

The complete rezoning submission with the traffic analysis and the staff report are available for review in the office of Community Development, on the ground floor of the Revercomb Administration building, located behind the Courthouse on Route 3.

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