Plans for a home for Little League softball and baseball players are moving forward in Cuckoo, despite the frustrations of neighbors who maintain the multiple playing fields are inappropriate for the neighborhood.
The ballfields got a thumbs-up from the Louisa County Board of Supervisors on July 5. The board voted 4-3 to give the Louisa Little League a conditional use permit to operate a commercial outdoor sports and recreation facility.
Supervisor Willie Gentry (Cuckoo district) voted against the project. He was joined by Toni Williams (Jackson district) and Tommy Barlow (Mountain Road district).
Gentry cited the county’s comprehensive plan, which highlights the historical significance and rural character of the Cuckoo village near the intersection of Cross County Road (Rt. 522) and Jefferson Highway (Rt. 33).
“I don’t want to see a rural, historical village go commercial,” he said.
Little League supporters pointed to several existing commercial properties in the area, including a self-storage facility, a used auto parts business and a site approved for truck repair and gunpowder manufacturing.
Those businesses are concentrated near the corner of the northern leg of Pendleton Road (Rt. 522), which links Cuckoo to Mineral. That area is considered appropriate for growth in the comprehensive plan. However, the neighborhood Gentry highlighted, one-third of a mile to the east, is intended to remain rural.
To read the entire story, see the July 13 edition of The Central Virginian.