Planners delay affordable housing permit

A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project to a packed planning commission meeting Wednesday night.
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization’s Sperryville project to a packed planning commission meeting Wednesday night. | Rappahannock News

People Inc.’s application to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex at the site of the vacant Sperryville Emporium was tabled until January by the Rappahannock County Planning Commission Wednesday night. More than 60 citizens filled the courthouse; many spoke against the plan, questioning its conformance to zoning laws and its effect on schools, traffic and crime.

A handful spoke in support of the proposal, but the commission voted to table the matter until January near the end of the almost three-hour meeting, citing clarifications that needed to be made to the project’s site plan and the lack of an essential anaylsis requested from VDOT.

The delay would also give the supervisors a chance to address questions raised about whether apartments are a permitted in an area with an available sewer system but no water system, and whether the use is allowed in the highway commercial zone (County Administrator John McCarthy says use was permitted via the supervisors’ 2003 amendments to the zoning ordinance, but a county zoning document available online appears to contradict that; McCarthy says the chart was mistakenly not updated.)

The five other permits on the commission’s agenda Wednesday were approved, including the Pen Druid Brewing Company’s proposal to build a brewpub along the Thornton River in the Copper Fox Antiques complex.

More in next Thursday’s Rappahannock News (to will be published on Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving).

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  1. Really I can’t believe they are going to shut this down yet again… Maybe some people can get to get her and buy it so it can its vacant just like the old schoolhouse in little Washington. And how can a BOS member sit on the planning commission isn’t that a conflict of interest? And wouldn’t the affordable housing help out the teachers that can’t afford to live her by giving them an option? The good ole boy system at work yet again!!

  2. Cant Believe that the County is even considering this location-it is the wrong place – should be in Washington,Va-The Sewer system of Washington is at about 33% of Capacity and don’t think Sperryville Sewer System was designed for that increase in capacity-Washington also has a water system that would accomodate the growth. It would be a shame to have this amount of Growth at the entrance to the park.

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