Planning Board grants approval for parking lot

The Dinwiddie County Planning Commission approved First Management Company’s rezoning request to relocate a planned parking lot.

First Management Company had prior rezoning requests approved but a second look at the plans for the Patton Commerce Park parking lot proved problematic. The portion of land previously allocated for construction of a parking lot was described as being a wetland area at the conclusion of the prospect’s survey.

“The conditions mirror the conditions that were approved on the rezoning of the adjoining property,” said Mark Bassett AICP, Dinwiddie Director of Planning, “with the exception of a condition that was put on the property after a public comment heard by the planning the commission. There was an additional condition put on the previous rezoning that called for some additional buffering.”

The commission questioned Bassett and the applicant about the nearby cemeteries. None of the surviving family of the cemetery occupants had voiced any concern throughout the application process. The most recent headstone is dated 1926.

Bassett also gave the commission updates on the status of current and upcoming projects.

The preliminary review for the Taco Bell coming to the intersection of Ritchie Avenue and Rt. 1 is complete. Plans for the Taco Bell will be resubmitted this week for final review.

“It is the exact same footprint that they(Taco Bell) are using, building façade, that will be at this site,” Bassett said. “VDOT had very few comments on the development other than the drainage.”

A retail project is coming to Hofheimer Way and Rt. 1. but there are no details on what will occupy the space.

“All we know is it is a retail project for a retail site, one building,” Bassett said. “We have had our preliminary review on that and sent comments. We are waiting for them to resubmit.”

The Star Factory dance studio is now constructing an addition after a preconstruction meeting three weeks ago. Lastly, thePicture Lake Campground is improving the private sewer system on the campground. The campground will be tying into an adjacent manhole on Rt. 1.

Featured Photo: Mark Bassett address the Dinwiddie Planning Commission: Anthony Simmons, Thomas E. Tucker, Jr., Calvin Wayne (Butch) Cunningham, Dr. Everette Martin Prosise, and Samuel W. Hayes P.E. (Photo Credit: Ben May)

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