Man withdraws propane permit request

Daily staff report

A Toms Brook-area businessman won’t seek a permit to keep large amounts of propane on his property amid safety concerns.

William Crowley has withdrawn his request for a special-use permit to store the fuel in bulk at his property at 180 Roberts Road, Toms Brook, Shenandoah County Zoning and Subdivision Administrator Joyce Fadeley stated in an email to the Board of Supervisors and other officials Thursday. Crowley runs B&S Mechanical Service Inc. out of his home on the property.

Crowley did not indicate that he plans to remove the propane tanks connected to his home heating system, Fadeley advised.

The Planning Commission last week heard neighbors voice concerns about safety and recommended that the Board of Supervisors not grant Crowley’s request for the storage permit. At the commission meeting, Crowley indicated he might withdraw the storage permit request if it appeared that he didn’t have members’ support.

Crowley’s multiple tanks have enough capacity to store about 5,800 gallons of propane, according to information presented at the meeting. Crowley said he attached new tanks to his home to comply with regulations.

The commission did endorse Crowley’s request for a special-use permit to operate a home business at the property. Several speakers said they thought Crowley was a good neighbor and they did not want to see his business suffer. The Board of Supervisors will consider the home-business permit at its Feb. 24 meeting.