The Planning Commission proposes a rezoning for the Mauzy roadhouse

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – The Rockingham County Planning Commission met Tuesday night and voted unanimously to file an application to rezone 31 acres of property in Mauzy where a developer hopes to build a relay road.

Leesburg-based Gas City LLC has requested the rezoning of a property it purchased just off exit 257 on Interstate 81 in Mauzy, near the existing Liberty gas station. The request is to rezone the property from A-2 General Agriculture to BX Business Interchange.

The commissioners chose to file the application to give county staff more time to consider the project’s environmental impacts and the level of water use it would require.

During a public hearing, 10 people spoke out against the rezoning citing various traffic and environmental concerns and arguing that the proposal does not fit into the overall county plan.

“The county will maintain its rural agricultural nature by directing new development to areas of our existing new towns and communities served by public water and sewer and by limiting development in rural areas served by private wells and septic systems. “said Tom Melby, a resident of Mauzy. read the overall plan. “How can this be encouraged when there is no public water or sewage system? »

Several residents of Mazuy also expressed concerns about how the truck stop would affect traffic, which they say is already a problem getting on and off exit 257.

“Putting any new development to this interchange will be a terrible mistake. There are several times a day where traffic is already backing up on the off ramp and on I-81,” said Watt Bradshaw, who lives near the subject property.

Bradshaw and his family also farm near Smith Creek and he expressed concern about the damage runoff from the truck stop could cause to the creek that he and others have spent years restoring.

The lack of a public water and sewer connection to the property was also raised by several stakeholders as a major concern with the truck stop.

“I’m sorry, but this is going to really affect our ground water table and I feel like we’re going to run out of water, so how is it going to be provided to us? There is no public water and sewer, we have no other choice,” said Teressa Kem, a resident of Mazuy who lives near the property.

The rezoning application will remain on file at least until the planning commission meets next month. Once the commissioners have made their recommendation, the rezoning request will be forwarded to the board of supervisors for final approval or refusal.

Supervisors will also need to consider a public use permit that would allow Gas City LLC to construct the truck stop.

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