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Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap 11/26/19

Here is a brief recap of what happened at last night's Board meeting. The audio of the meeting can be heard at
Post Date:11/27/2019 12:09 PM


The Board approved the Planning Commission recommendation to rezone from single family residential to multi-family residential with proffers on the property owned by Massie Investments located near Fishersville and Long Meadow roads. Chad Massie, owner of the properties, spoke on behalf of the project. Anna May Lyons from Staunton asked questions about the project for more information.

The Planning Commission recommendation to rezone from single family residential to general business with proffers for the property at the intersection of Rt 250 and Life Core Drive in Fishersville owned by Crescent Development Group generated public comment:

Scott Williams of Fishersville, who represents Crescent Development Group, attested to his development history in the area.

Vrla Leach from Staunton is a long-time resident of the area. She described the traffic at that intersection and the development that has happened and stated that the development is unsafe and she hopes that Board does not approve the rezoning. Ms. Leach’s question regarding tax breaks offered by the County to Crescent were responded to by Mr. Fitzgerald who said that the Crescent contribution to the Life Core project was about $2 million dollars in land, the County and VDOT provided funding for the road project and that the County is applying the increase in taxes related to new development in the area to the annual bond payments. 

Alan Gilbert from Staunton has concerns about the traffic pattern that is suggested. He also recommended that, even with proffers, it leaves room for a 24-hour business of some sort and that would be burdensome to residents.

Jason Arehart described the conflict he sees between the Fishersville Small Area Plan and the Comprehensive Plan where it was initially zoned for residential use. He asked the Board to consider the residents in the area.  

James Arehart owns a lot next to Crescent and asks the Board to consider the long-time residents and referred to his previous letter to the Board.

Scott Williams reaffirmed his commitment to developing quality properties that raise the value of the area and not detract.

Mr. Coleman spoke about Smart Scale project submittals that may have impact on the traffic flow. Given what was heard by the public tonight, Mr. Coleman moved to table the discussion until December 11. The Board approved the move to table the discussion.

Raymond Gochenour, owner of Country Estates Mobile Park, stated that his park was voted mobile park of the year and he is proud of that recognition. His goal is to offer an affordable and nice place for people to live and wants to properly adjust the property line. The Board approved the Planning Commission recommendation to rezone from general agriculture to manufactured home park with proffers the properties near Jerry Hill Drive in Crimora owned by Country Estates Mobile Home Park.

The Board considered an ordinance amendment “Chapter 25. Zoning. Division F. Industrial Districts. Article XXXVIII. General Industrial (GI) Districts. Section 25-384” for uses permitted by Special Use Permit E regarding Batching plants for asphalt, cement, or concrete. Randy Brock, technical manager from Hershey, spoke in opposition of the ordinance and urges the Board to reject the ordinance. Meridith Moldenhauer, legal counsel for Hershey, spoke to matter of right uses for low intensity manufacturing that are currently protected and that by reducing that buffer, many other uses could be affected. She cited research, provided to the Board, that supports the claim that particulate matter needs increased regulation of buffer zones. The Board moved to table the discussion.


Michael Thompson from Mt. Solon talked about a river crossing pad on George Walton Road that allows for cars to pass when the water level is low. This situation is not working, it has already started to break apart, and does not seem properly designed for traffic. He wants to alert the County and VDOT to the situation. Dr. Pattie is aware of this but has not heard an update from VDOT yet.

Keith Willis from Greenville brought a petition with 30 signatures and spoke in opposition to the gun control laws that are being presented in Richmond.


The Board approved the contract with Robinson, Farmer, Cox for auditing services for 16 Volunteer Fire-Rescue Agencies for $67,000.

The Legislative Agenda Packet was approved as presented and will be forwarded to the legislative representatives.


Mr. Wells requested to be registered for the Chamber’s legislative breakfast.

Mr. Shull asked for a show of hands to see who is there to support Second Amendment.  Wished all Happy Thanksgiving.


Mr. Fitzgerald wished all a Happy Thanksgiving.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:35 pm.

Join us for the special meeting on December 4, 6 pm, at Stuarts Draft HS to hear public comments on the topic of gun control legislation being presented in the Virginia State Legislature.

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