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).