Trucking firm seeks more space

A Shenandoah County trucking company needs more space for its business in Quicksburg, the owner said Monday.

Charles Streett, the registered agent of CHDEC LLC, applied for a special-use permit to build a garage and lease the facility to his other company, Streett Trucking LLC, 3761 Quicksburg Road. Charles and David Streett own the company, which has been in business since 1985. The trucking company would use the 4,950-square-foot garage to house and work on equipment used in the business.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the request jointly with the Board of Supervisors on Thursday. The commission voted 4-1 to recommend that the board approve the permit. Supervisors plan to take action on the permit request at their meeting today.

“We’ve currently outgrown the shop we’re at now, the parking area,” Streett said.

Streett plans to build the garage and office on 11.2 acres of vacant land south of Quicksburg Road and the existing business, east of the railroad tracks. The land is zoned for agricultural use. Streett leases from DAL Farms Inc., which also owns the land for the proposed garage. Streett operates 14 trucks on site.

The garage would have an attached office. Streett’s request does not include working on vehicles for the general public. The business would have three employees working at the garage approximately 40 hours a week.

“It’s not a commercial shop at all,” Streett said. “Everybody’s up in arms about that and it’s not. It’s for our own trucks only.”

Zoning and Subdivision Administrator Joyce Fadeley said Monday the site for the proposed garage has been used as pasture land for some time. It abuts property on Quicksburg Mill Lane owned by Matthew and Donna Griffin. The Board of Supervisors recently denied the Griffins’ request for a special-use permit to allow them to operate a bed-and-breakfast and cabins on their property. Some supervisors cited concerns about access roads to the Griffin property.

Streett has provided an easement through the land south of Quicksburg Road to the Griffin’s property. The only other way in to the Griffin property is by way of an easement over a private railroad.

At the public hearing Thursday, Matthew Griffin said he had concerns with noise that a garage might generate and how the business would look from his property. Fadeley recalled that Griffin had no problem with the company locating on the site. Duane Eddleman spoke about concerns he had with potential water runoff from the site.

Supervisor Cindy Bailey told the Planning Commission on Thursday that the Streett project does not conform to the county’s Comprehensive Plan, specifically the push to preserve agriculture and open space. Bailey questioned why the county would allow a project to build on agricultural land, then spend money to promote the purchase-of-development rights program aimed at preserving farmland.

Parts of the county are treated as centers for commercial and residential development – areas such as Quicksburg, Conicville, Fort Valley and others, Fadeley said. While Streett proposes to turn the 11 acres from pasture land into a garage, Fadeley said historically there has been commercial use in Quicksburg.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com