By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shenandoah County Fair Association must keep event parking within the space it has after the Woodstock Board of Zoning Appeals sided with the town zoning administrator.
The board voted 5-0 at its meeting Tuesday to uphold Zoning Adminstrator Brent Manuel's determination that Woodstock's zoning ordinance does not allow event parking on land zoned for low-density residential use, according to town clerk Angela Clem.
The board held a public hearing on the association's appeal of the administrator's determination. Several neighbors and other town residents spoke at the hearing, some in favor and others against the appeal which, if approved, would have allowed the fair to let event-goers park closer to an adjacent residential community.
The fair sought to extend event parking into 6.4 acres of property owned by the association adjacent to the fairgrounds off Ox Road. The main fairgrounds property also is zoned residential but has been in use before the town created its ordinances and thus grandfathered in the event site.
The association's general manager, Tom Eshelman, explained before the meeting the organization wanted to expand parking space to the former apple orchard land it owns. Eshelman also spoke at the hearing.
Those residents speaking against the appeal were Alma Hottle, Josh Holloman, Robert and Dorothy Ferguson, Burgess Dellinger and John and Erna Horne.
Town residents Tim French and Dennis Wagner spoke in support of the fair's appeal.
The fair association can file an appeal of the board's decision to the Shenandoah County Circuit Court.