Mulky Mountain ag district renewal recommended

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 16 recommended approval of two matters before it and denial of a third.

The Board of Supervisors will take under consideration at its July 7 meeting the commission’s recommendation that the renewal of the designation of the Mulky Mountain Agricultural & Forestal District be approved. There was no opposition voiced at the hearing to the continuing designation of acreage within that the district, comprising nearly 6,000 acres in Ben Venue, as protected for agricultural and forest purposes.

In so doing, the ordinance in its wording recognizes that the land is a “valuable natural and ecological resources providing open spaces for clean air and adequate and safe water supplies and other aesthetic purposes and is therefore valuable to the public interest.”

The planning commission also recommended approval of a request to convert an existing guesthouse to a full-time family apartment. The applicant for a variance permit is David T. Coffey and the structure is at 5403 Sperryville Pike, just south of Round Hill Road, in Boston.

The issue was to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals at its meeting Wednesday night (June 23).

The Planning Commission recommended the rejection of a request to build a 544-square-foot efficiency apartment within 100 feet of a planned main house on Battle Run Lane in Washington.

The apartment would be occupied by a tenant who would be managing horses on the property, according to Zoning Administrator John W. McCarthy.

The property is about a mile down an unimproved private road and there were concerns about access to the apartment expressed by neighbors, McCarthy said.

The request for a special-use permit for the apartment came from Elaine M. Roversi, who wrote in her application that it was her intent to live in the apartment until the main house is completed. The apartment would then be occupied by an assistant or caretaker.

The board of supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on July 7 to consider adding new definitions to the county code to cover the new sewage treatment facility in Washington, and for temporary family healthcare structures.

The sewage treatment facility definition would outline the purpose of the facility. The temporary health care structures are defined as a transportable residential structure that can house a sole mentally or physically impaired person receiving care.

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