Details for Notice of Public Hearing
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEDFORD COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Notice is hereby given that the Bedford County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 7:00 pm for the following applications: Rezoning Application RZ21-0001 is a request by Overstreet Enterprises, LLC. to rezone Tax Map # 101-A-15B from R-1 (Low-Density Residential District) to I-2 (Higher-Intensity Industrial District) for the purpose of establishing a "Warehouse and Distribution" use. The 2030 Comprehensive Plan future land use map shows the parcel located in a "Residential" designation. The R-1, Low-Density Residential district is established for areas of the county within the urban service area with existing low-middle density residential development, with an average density of from one (1) to three (3) units per acre, and land which appears appropriate for such development. The R-1 district is intended to provide the highest degree of protection from potentially incompatible uses and residential development of a significantly different density, size, or scale, in order to maintain the health, safety, appearance, and overall quality of life of existing and future neighborhoods. In addition to single-family residences, only uses of a community nature which are generally deemed compatible and permitted in the R-1 district. This would include parks and playgrounds, schools, and other similar neighborhood activities. The purpose of the I-2 district is to provide areas within the urban service area which contain existing intensive industrial uses or are suitable for such activities. I-2 areas are designated based on the suitability of the land in terms of slope and freedom from flooding and the relative remoteness and absence of substantial residential development which could be adversely affected by such development. In addition, the availability of adequate sewer and water capacity, access to arterial road work, and proximity to rail and airport facilities or the interstate highway system are major centers within close proximity to residential growth areas and reduce heavy traffic generation of industrial uses is encouraged. The property is located on Cottonwood Road, a private street, approximately .1 mile from its intersection with Forest Road (Route 221) and adjoins the City of Lynchburg boundary line. The subject property is 4.00 acres in size and is currently owned by Staton & Sons Auto Service. Voluntary proffers have not been offered by the applicant. Rezoning Application RZ21-0002 is a request by Cottontown Investments, LLC. to rezone Tax Map # 101-A-7E from PRD (Planned Residential Development district) to R-4 (High Density Residential district) for the purpose of establishing 300 apartment units ("Dwelling, Multifamily" use). The 2030 Comprehensive Plan future land use map shows the parcel located in a "Mixed Use" designation. The purpose of PRD, the Planned Residential Development district, is to provide for the development of planned residential communities that incorporate a variety of housing options as well as certain limited commercial and office uses designed to serve the inhabitants of the district. The PRD district is intended to allow greater flexibility than is generally possible under conventional zoning district regulations by encouraging ingenuity, imagination and high-quality design to create a superior living environment for the residents of the planned community. Incorporation of significant areas of open space is a primary component of these provisions as a means to maintain critical natural and cultural resources, balanced with development at densities which compensate, or in certain situations reward with bonuses, for maintenance of these resources. The PRD district is particularly appropriate for parcels which contain a number of constraints to conventional development. In addition to an improved quality of design, the PRD district creates an opportunity to reflect changes in the technology of land development, provide opportunities for new approaches to home ownership, and provide for an efficient use of land which can result in reduced development costs. The purpose of the R-4, High Density Multi-Family Residential district is to provide areas in the county within the urban service area where existing high density residential development (typically twelve to eighteen units per acre) has been established and land areas which generally appear to be appropriate for such development. R-4 areas should serve as a buffer between less intensive and more intensive districts. R-4 areas are designated based on direct access to major streets, and where sewer, water, and schools, and other public services have suitable capacity to accommodate development at the stated density. An additional consideration is that the parcel sizes allow for well planned residential development. A variety of housing densities and styles is encouraged in order to permit a diversity and flexibility in design and layout. Additional standards are established to provide for amenities in higher density developments. The property is located at 1029, 1072, 1073, 1106, 1107, 1128, 1176, 1228, 1288, 1342, and 1390 Cottontown Manor Drive and is currently under development with 180 multifamily dwelling units and 96 extended stay hotel units. The subject property is 17.67 acres in size and is currently owned by Cottontown Investments LLC. Voluntary proffers have been offered by the applicant. The Planning Commission public hearing will be held in the Bedford County Building Administration Building Board Room, 122 E. Main St. Bedford, VA. Copies of the applications are available for public inspection at the Department of Community Development located in the Bedford County Administration Building, 122 E. Main St., Bedford, VA., telephone 540-586-7616. Persons affected may appear and will be provided the opportunity to present their views.