Board tables business permit

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders on Tuesday postponed action on a permit for a business that sparked concerns over propane storage.

The Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 to table the request by William and Kamelia Crowley for a special-use permit to run a home business with a detached garage as a mechanical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and gas contractor.

Supervisor Marsha Shruntz made a motion to table the request for 60 days. Shruntz wouldn’t comment at the meeting on her reason to ask for the delay.

Crowley operates his business at 180 Roberts Road, Toms Brook. Crowley sought separate permits for the home business and to store propane. However, Crowley withdrew the application for the storage permit days after the Planning Commission recommended that the board deny the request. Several neighbors spoke during the public hearings on both requests that they were concerned about the amount of propane Crowley would store in large tanks on his property. The commission did endorse Crowley’s request for the business permit.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Shruntz thanked Chairman David Ferguson for helping her to understand the county’s agricultural and residential zoning regulations. Shruntz and Ferguson met last week with County Administrator Mary Price and Brandon Davis, director of the Office of Community Development, to discuss the provisions in the zoning ordinance.

Supervisor Cindy Bailey later commented that officials would be bringing to the board proposed regulations to govern the amount of propane a person could store on a piece of property. Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass said the board likely would see some concepts for such regulations at its work session March 5.

In other business, the board:
• Voted 6-0 to approve a request by Joseph and Rebecca Beckenstrater and Robert and Frances Novean for a special-use permit to run a beauty salon. The Planning Commission and the board held a public hearing on the matter earlier in the month. The commission recommended the board approve the permit request after the hearing. The Beckenstraters operate their salon at 1038 Mt. Airy Lane, Mount Jackson under a previously approved permit. The Beckenstraters are interested in buying a home at 240 Mt. Jackson Road but before doing so wanted to make sure they could relocate the business to the new house.

• Held a public hearing on a request by Shen Valle Logistics LLC for a right-of-way easement across county property at the landfill to connect their sewer service to the North Fork Wastewater Treatment Plant. The action allows the owners of the former Johns Mansville plant to connect the facility to the landfill leachate line. No one spoke during the hearing. The board later voted 6-0 to approve the request for the easement.

• Heard the 2015 Virginia Department of Forestry Agency Report by Joseph L. Lehnen II, area forester.

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