Carvana’s proposed distribution facility near Chester failed to advance to the Board of Supervisors after the Planning Commission deadlocked on votes with one member absent.
After a three-hour hearing in which multiple speakers voiced opposition to the project, Commissioner Gib Sloan, whose district includes the 183-acre site between Woods Edge Road and Interstate 95, motioned to recommend approving the requested rezoning, arguing the project would have less impact than other development allowed under the site’s existing zoning.
Sloan’s motion failed by a 2-2 vote, as did Gloria Freye’s motion to recommend denial. Chairman Michael Jackson called for deferring the case 30 days, contending that he was not ready to make a recommendation, which he noted would send the case to supervisors either way. Jackson’s motion to defer failed 2-2 as well, with member Peppy Jones absent from the meeting.
The commission’s rules stipulate that the case is automatically added to the agenda for its Aug. 20 meeting. If the commission fails to pass a recommendation, the case then would go to supervisors for a hearing and vote.
Torch Clean Energy’s proposal for a solar farm-data center development on land formerly known as the Matoaca Mega Site was deferred to Aug. 20. The proposed Hidden Wit brewery was recommended for approval.
The Aug. 20 meeting will be held at a different location – the public safety training center at 6610 Public Safety Way – due to maintenance to the county boardroom, including HVAC replacement.
Supervisors meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Public hearing items include a family day care proposed at 4356 Ketcham Drive. Full agenda here.
The Lake District at Glen Allen development proposed by Virginia Beach-based Boyd Homes received a second thumbs-down from the Planning Commission last week.
The 323-acre mixed-use project was recommended for denial last fall and since has been reworked with 415 fewer residential units proposed, bringing the current unit count to 1,787.
At last Thursday’s meeting, commission members voted 5-2 against the project, citing concerns about impacts on roads and other infrastructure. Members Fredric McGhee Jr. and Randy Whittaker voted against the motion to recommend denial.
The case now goes to the Board of Supervisors, which could take it up next month.
A five-story, 74-room Comfort Inn & Suites is planned at 580 Trampton Road near Richmond International Airport. The Site Design Co. is requesting plan approval for Monument Hospitality II LLC and Tankk Group Hotels LLC, both registered to locally based operator Amir Patel.
The Planning Commission will review plans for the 10,400-square-foot building when it meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday to review subdivisions and plans of development. Full agenda here.
Supervisors meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Public hearing items include a proposed zoning ordinance change deferred from the previous meeting to allow master-planned communities with mixed uses and higher residential densities in the R-6 General Residence District by provisional use permit. Full agenda here.
Plans to rezone properties in Monroe Ward, and in the area of Lombardy Street and Chamberlayne Avenue near Virginia Union University, were recommended for approval at last week’s Planning Commission meeting. City Council will consider final adoption at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. Agenda available here.