Louisa County pushes for new industrial park

Supervisors are hoping that a speedy industrial rezoning of approximately 300 acres along Route 22 will lure new businesses to the county.

“It’s another effort to bring in industry, but there are no guarantees,” Chairman Willie Harper said.

Community Development Director Paul Snyder said that it is not common for the board to submit their own application for a rezoning.

“But it’s not all that unusual either,” he said, adding that the move is allowed in the county code and that previous boards have done so to rezone several tracts of land, usually to preserve them for industrial use.

Harper said a prospective business, that he would not identify, is interested in locating in the county.

He said the company looked at several locations, including the nearby Cooke Industrial Rail Park and Louisa County Industrial Air Park.

“But if there’s a chance, it’s probably going to be here,” Harper said of the newly proposed industrial site, located on the north side of Route 22, east of the town of Louisa and west of Chalklevel Road.

According to the application submitted by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors,  the request was “expedited to ensure that it reaches the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors by December.”

Doing so, meant there was not enough time to organize the standard neighborhood meeting before the application is reviewed by the Development Review Committee.

Snyder said the meeting, instituted by the county about five years ago to better inform surrounding property owners who would potentially be affected by rezoning, was not a legal requirement.

He added that an application review by the DRC was also not required.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 29 edition of The Central Virginian.

By tcvnews
Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9:22 am