Family apt. okayed, golf course hearing delayed

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved a family apartment and once again continued the nine-hole golf course originally proposed by Cliff Miller IV in November.

Getting a quorum proved more taxing than any of the night’s applications, as only three commissioners — Jackson’s Raymond Brown, Wakefield’s Charles Strittmatter and Piedmont’s Gary Light — were initially present at the meeting’s 7:30 p.m. start time.

Soon enough a fourth commissioner — Jackson district supervisor Ron Frazier — arrived and formed a proper quorum, though Frazier joked briefly about turning back around because he’d always wanted to deny a quorum.

The family apartment request came from Amissville resident and land conservation officer Don Loock, who said he wanted to use part of an existing barn on his property as a family apartment for his in-laws. Loock presented the commissioners with floor plans for the apartment, which would be constructed by tearing down parts of the nearby barn.

Loock explained that the barn itself is sectional and has been added onto over the years; his plan was to simply tear down the expansions and return the barn to its original frame.

“I don’t think there’s too much of a question about this,” Frazier said.

The one concern raised by the commissioners’ came from chairman Charles Strittmatter, who pointed out that Loock still needed the prospective property inspected by the health department, and that the commission’s recommendation to the board of zoning appeals (BZA) would include that.

The commissioners’ approved Loock’s request unanimously, 5-0. (Gary Settle and Alexander Sharp were absent.) Loock’s permit request was scheduled to go before the BZA last night (April 23).

Golf course delayed

The commissioners also made a decision on Miller’s nine-hole Sperryville-based golf course, though it wasn’t one concerning approval.

Strittmatter suggested that the planners remove the course from their monthly agendas, and instead reconsider it (and reschedule it) once Miller has completed all the commissioners’ requests.

“Every month we schedule this based on a promise it will be done,” Strittmatter said. “Now we’re three months in . . . When everything we’ve requested has been filed, we’ll consider the application in whatever month it happens to fall in.”

Strittmatter also reinforced the idea that this decision doesn’t mean Miller’s proposal has been permanently removed. County Administrator John McCarthy said he’d contact Miller with the news, and remind him that an application must be submitted no later than one week before the planning commission meeting in order to land on that month’s docket.