The Warren County Board of Supervisors plans to let the public comment again on a developer’s proposal to put a Sheetz in Linden.
Supervisors voted 4-1 at their regular meeting on Tuesday to hold another public hearing on a rezoning request filed by Dudding Commercial Development LLC last year. The rezoning would allow the developer to build a Sheetz gas station and a school bus loop on 6.45 acres at Apple Mountain Road.
Chairwoman Cheryl L. Cullers, Vice Chairman Archie A. Fox and supervisors Tony F. Carter and Delores L. Oates voted in favor of the motion to authorize the county administration to advertise the public hearing on the rezoning for 7 p.m. May 25. Supervisor Walter J. Mabe voted against the motion.
Carter requested that the board reconsider the request and hold another public hearing. State code allows a supervisor who voted with the prevailing side on the original rezoning request to bring back the same matter before the board.
Supervisor Mabe asked Carter why he wanted to revisit the rezoning.
“What changed?” Mabe said. “I mean why are we bringing this back. It’s already been voted on and it was rejected.”
Carter said he wanted the board to revisit the rezoning request primarily because of the bus loop on the property. Shortly after the board’s action, the school division was notified that it could no longer use the property as a bus loop that serves the Apple Mountain Lake subdivision. This prompted the School Board and division officials to look for alternative sites for a bus stop in the interim.
A new bus stop could cost at least $100,000, Carter said.
Mabe then asked if the property owner or the developer asked for the board to revisit the matter. Carter said only that he wanted to revisit the matter because of the bus stop.
Linden resident Pat Payne spoke about the Sheetz proposal during the public comment period of the meeting. Payne said she lives on Jonathan Road in the Apple Mountain Lake subdivision, near the proposed site. She recalled the board’s action after the public hearing in February.
“A lot of comments were made concerning property rights,” Payne said. “We live in a capitalist society, and I believe in property rights. People have the right to use their property as they see fit. But where we come into trouble is where we encroach on one another’s property, one way or another.”
But a commercial establishment such as a gas station could pose a danger to the surrounding area by way of water and air pollution, Payne said.
“The encroachment, especially if the water goes bad, is permanent,” Payne said.
Payne also questioned the claims that Sheetz would bring as much revenue to the county as purported. Rather, Sheetz would likely take business away from other nearby establishments, lowering the total amount of revenue supporters of the proposal claim the county could collect, Payne said.
Also at the meeting, supervisors:
• Adopted a resolution recognizing the efforts of Warren County information technology staff involved in response to, and the investigation into a cybersecurity incident in March. The resolution notes that the Warren County Public Schools Department of Information Technology supplemented the cybersecurity forensics team during response and investigation. The resolution names Tim Grant, Chris German and Jesse Budd from the school department.
• Adopted a resolution to recognize information technology employees in Frederick County for their work in assisting in an investigation of the March cybersecurity incident that affected Warren County computers. A cybersecurity forensics team investigated the incident and engineers worked to restore services, bolster security and build out Warren County’s information technology infrastructure. Employees in the Frederick County Department of Information Technology volunteered their time to supplement Warren County staff members. The resolution names Frederick County employees Scott Varner, Patrick Fly, Samuel Cheshire, Andrew Farrar and Jose Trujillo.
• Adopted a resolution for the appropriation of funds in the fiscal 2022 budget.
• Approved the health and dental insurance rates for county employees.
• Approved a festival permit requested by Homesteaders of America.
• Adopted a resolution pertaining to Old Dominion Court Services.
• Approve a grant from the Virginia Department of Aviation.
• Approve the naming of two access roads off Gooney Manor Loop as Present Way and Woodlands Lane.
• Approved a request to change the names on a conditional-use permit issued in 2011 from Todd and Heather Lupton to Nichole Buckholtz and Andy Crafton.
Supervisors also voted to authorize the county administration to advertise public hearings for:
• A request by Michael and Barbara Olsen to amend the county zoning map and to rezone approximately 30 acres from residential to agricultural use.
• A request by Kevin and Shannon Melton for a conditional-use permit to operate a short-term tourist rental.
• A request by John and Anna Carpenter for a conditional-use permit to operate a short-term tourist rental.
• A request by Front Royal Self Storage LLC for conditional-use permits to allow for an enclosed storage facility and to store cars, boats and recreational vehicles.
• A request by Jacob Foltz for a conditional-use permit to operate a commercial-repair garage in combination with a single-family dwelling.
The supervisors also met in closed session to discuss appointments to the Planning Commission and matters with legal counsel concerning litigation involving the county, Front Royal and the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority. At a work session following the regular meeting, supervisors met in closed session with legal counsel concerning a change to a lease agreement for the Front Royal Golf Club.