County planners OK Marriott plan

FRONT ROYAL – Hotels in town will face more competition in the near future when a new Marriott opens in the U.S. 340-522 corridor.

The Warren County Planning Commission approved a site plan Wednesday for the Marriott TownePlace Suites Hotel located on Country Club Road north of town. Cornerstone LP LLP filed the site plan and architectural renderings for the project, which will be located on the northern leg of the existing roundabout.

Site plan approval, contingent on a green light from the Virginia Department of Transportation, was the last administrative hurdle for the developer.

The project consists of a 55,472-square-foot hotel with 84 rooms on the 1.7-acre site. The Board of Supervisors approved a conditional-use permit on May 20, 2014, which allows the developer to build a hotel of up to 60 feet, although the site plan states the structure would stand approximately 45 feet. The proposed hotel includes 85 parking spaces with four handicapped spots.

Planning Director Taryn Logan has indicated that county staff, the applicant and VDOT representatives have been meeting to resolve outstanding questions and comments about traffic and roads related to the project.

The latest site plan submitted Aug. 29 has been sent to VDOT for review. Logan stated in a memo that she hoped to receive answers from VDOT by the commission’s meeting if the latest site plan addresses all the agency’s outstanding comments. Any approval of the site plan is contingent upon final approval by VDOT.

Proffers, or voluntary contributions, with the property state that the developer shall dedicate the necessary right-of-way space needed for the proposed traffic circle identified by VDOT and the county. Specifically, the developer plans to dedicate a minimum 30-foot right-of-way toward a 60-foot local connector road to the north and south as indicated in concept on an illustration attached to VDOT’s letter dated December 2014. The county will approve the final location of the road.

The county secured the 60-foot right-of-way from the hotel and nearby church property for the road. The applicant is building its section of the road.

The applicant also plans to install a streetlight on its leg of the roundabout, similar to the lights by Aldi and the shopping center, to help illuminate the area along Country Club Road. The property lies in the Highway Overlay District requiring a structure with earthtone colors and a metal seam roof, stone or faux stone accents.

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