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Assisted living facility proposed in Warren County

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

A developer intends to build an assisted living facility in Warren County on land once eyed for a housing project.

The Planning Commission may soon consider a conditional-use permit request to construct an 18,000-square-foot facility to house up to 30 residents. The 10.2-acre property lies at Harmony Hollow and Orchard Manor roads in the South River Magisterial District. The county requires the conditional-use permit because the property's agricultural zoning does not allow assisted living facilities by right.

The commission plans to discuss at their meeting today whether to advertise a public hearing for the permit request. Such a hearing may likely take place in October, according to Planning Director Taryn Logan.

Betty West submitted the application for Glenwood Homes LLC.

More than a year ago, the developer had filed an application with the intention of building more than a dozen houses on the site each on 1-acre lots on the property, Logan explained. That clustered-homes proposal also had included the required allowance of open space, according to Logan.

The developer submitted the permit application for the assisted living facility last month.

Planning documents indicate the facility would include a kitchen, dining area, activity and entertainment rooms, a library and staff stations. Specifically, the facility would consist of 24 single bedrooms and six semi-private rooms. The parking lot will have space as required by the county. The facility would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but most activity would occur 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The applicant is aware an existing swale crosses the property near the approximate location of the proposed building, according to a statement of justification submitted by Winchester-based Greenway Engineering. The swale carries runoff to Happy Creek. The Federal Emergency Management Administration and Environment Resources Data indicate no information on a 100-year floodplain exists in their system. The applicant is willing to have the engineer research and perform a drainage study to ensure the swale has enough capacity to confine and carry runoff to another location which does not impact the operation of the facility.

Greenway indicates in the statement the applicant plans to provide screening and landscaping as required by the county zoning ordinance.

"The applicant will design the building in such a way that [it] will blend nicely with the surrounding neighborhood," the statement notes.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has stated the proposed private entrance road off Orchard Manor Road meets the agency's requirements for line of sight. VDOT estimates 100 vehicles per day associated with the facility.

"Proposed assisted living [facility] will have minimal traffic activity or impact to the [existing] traffic in the area," according to the applicant who cited VDOT as concurring.


Well how do you all feel who live on Orchard Lane? 100 vehicles? Sounds like too low of a number for that type of facility.

The country road to this proposed facility is twisty. An ambulance will be moving at low speed. The traffic at the 522/hollow road intersection moves quickly and there is not much line of sight, further delaying emergency vehicles. This facility will degrade the rural nature of the area with increased traffic, noise, and the congestion will increase during events at the adjacent 4H facility.

Let them elderly raise chickens, raise sweet corn, then maybe they can fit in with there neighbors!!!

.....the last comment I was just joking. I know there are alot of transplants up in that harmon hollow area. I was raised in Front Royal. I'm not too sure how many people who originated there still live up there.

I can remember some good gettogethers up at the old Vaughn cabin though.

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