On Tuesday, April 24th, the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted to defer action on the proposed R2/R3 zoning change. This will allow the county planning staff to put together a complete plan — one that addresses the questions raised during the Planning Commission process both by the commissioners and the public.
A good plan will support neighborhood-style improvements along with the increased density in areas near our towns, fitting with our county’s long-term vision. It’s important to ensure that as we grow, we are creating livable, walkable communities with amenities such as connected streets, sidewalks, parks, off-street parking, downcast lighting and other features, that make small town living appealing to all ages and income groups.
In response to a request from a land developer, the county is considering a proposal to reduce the lot size and create more buildable lots in the county’s R-2 and R-3 zoning districts where public utilities are present.
This proposed change would apply to land in the two districts of the county with central water and sewer facilities:
- Bryce’s Stoney Creek Sanitary District includes 1,342 acres zoned R-2 and 143 acres zoned R-3 total. Of that, approximately 50% is developed.
- The Toms Brook-Maurertown Sanitary District encompasses 328 acres zoned R-2 and 45 acres zoned R-3. Approximately 60% of that is developed.
The county’s comprehensive plan calls for directing new growth in and around the towns.