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A preliminary drawing for a proposed truck stop.


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Tonight, citizen input will be heard on an application that would allow a roadhouse to be built in the county as the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission hold a joint public hearing. They will also hold a public hearing on a plan to develop an operation that would include a truck terminal, contractor storage yard and mining, quarrying, mineral extraction and processing.

Both hearings are scheduled for around 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the first floor of the county administration building.

The truck stop is proposed for land adjoining 416 Chestnut Ridge Road in Marion, which is zoned for commercial development. The site is just off Interstate 81.

A preliminary drawing of the truck stop shows it, including a truck wash, restrooms and truck repair center, travel center, and four possible outbound packages.

Among the site’s neighbors is the Smyth County Moose Lodge as well as land used for forestry and agriculture.

To move forward, the county should issue a special use permit.

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Zoning change map

JWM Enterprises LLC is seeking a rezoning for a site along Lee Highway.


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According to county documents, JWM Enterprises LLC is negotiating to purchase approximately 14 acres on Lee Highway in Marion. Ultimately, the company would like to establish a truck terminal, a contractor storage yard, and a mining, ore extraction and processing operation.

Two local government actions would be required for this plan to move forward. First, the property must be rezoned from commercial to industrial. If this change were accepted, a special use permit would also be required for the proposed mining, quarrying, mineral extraction and processing.

The land in question is located at 2312 and 2340 Lee Highway in Marion.

Sign-up sheets for speaking at public hearings are generally available outside the council chambers.

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