Frederick rezoning could pave way for development 6 miles east of city

Posted: October 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night unanimously approved a rezoning request that could allow for the residential and commercial development of land near the Clarke County line.

The 55.46-acre property, called The Overlook, is located south of Berryville Pike (Va. 7) near that road’s eastern intersection with Valley Mill Road, about six miles east of Winchester. The request was recommended for approval by the Frederick County Planning Commission at its Sept. 18 meeting.

The rezoning — which was requested in documents prepared by locally based Greenway Engineering for The Overlook’s owners, Timothy and Mary Stafford — will rezone 14.183 acres from the county’s Residential Performance (RP) District to the Rural Areas (RA) District; 7.098 acres from RP to the B2 (General Business) District; and 10.040 acres from RA to RP.

While the remaining 24.145 acres will remain in the RP District, Deputy Director of Planning and Development Mike Ruddy previously said that because the acreage is so closely connected it’s considered a rezoning for the entire 55.46 acres.

Plans for the property include moving the intersection of Valley Mill Road and Berryville Pike about 800 feet to the west. The new intersection would have a traffic light — which the current location does not have — and would help make the area safer for motorists, according to Evan Wyatt of Greenway Engineering.

The rezoning was requested so that the owners can market the property to potential developers.

The board also voted 7-0 to approve a resolution of its intent to submit a revenue-sharing program application to the Virginia Department of Transportation to apply for half of the funding from the state that will be required for road improvements on Valley Mill Road related to the rezoned property.

The land’s owners or the developer would pay the other half of the cost if the state approves the request and pays its portion.

Also during the meeting, the supervisors:

Presented a resolution to the Sherando High School baseball team recognizing coaches and players for winning the 2013 VHSL AA baseball championship.

Presented the Employee of the Month Award for October to Jodi Jones with Frederick County Fire and Rescue.

Voted 7-0 to approve a $354,506 supplemental appropriation for Frederick County Fire and Rescue to help end the “Kelly Day” scheduling method — which has fire and rescue staff working for 24-hour periods.

Voted 7-0 to approve creation of a capital projects fund for Frederick County Parks and Recreation.

Voted 7-0 to approve an outdoor festival permit for the Not Fade Away Festival to be held from 5 p.m. Oct. 24 to midnight Oct. 27 at the Cove Campground at 980 Cove Road.

Voted 7-0 to approve the Frederick County Public School Board to authorize the issuance of $5.4 million in bonds through the Virginia Public School Authority in the fall 2013 bond sale. Proceeds from the bond issues will go toward the construction of additions to four elementary schools and architectural and engineering costs for a replacement middle school.

Voted 7-0 to send proposed ordinance amendments regarding height requirements in the Extractive Manufacturing, Light Industrial and Industrial General zoning districts to a public hearing.

Attending the meeting in Frederick County Administration Building were Chairman Richard C. Schickle, Vice-Chairman Charles S. DeHaven Jr and supervisors Robert A. Hess, Gene E. Fisher, Robert Wells, Gary A. Lofton and Christopher E. Collins.

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