Panel endorses permits for home businesses

WOODSTOCK – A longtime plumbing business in Shenandoah County could soon move to its owners’ house in Maurertown.

The Shenandoah County Planning Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve a special-use permit requested by Dale Carlson to run his plumbing business at 3539 Alonzaville Road. Carlson Plumbing Inc. has operated for more than 20 years, the owner said. Carlson told the commission he intends to operate the business out of a large garage on his property.

Back Road resident Judith Powell spoke during the public hearing on the permit request and raised concerns about a “gradual transformation” of Alonzaville Road, Back Road and Fairview Road into a more commercial area. Powell said she’s seen more large trucks and tractor-trailers traveling the roads to and from several businesses in the area.

Information provided by county officials indicates Carlson intends to use the property to store up to four vehicles and employ no more than six workers aside from the business owners. Patrons would not visit the business office or home. The property provides ample parking and the entrance complies with Virginia Department of Transportation standards. The business does not produce any traffic beyond that associated with the operation.

Carlson’s property and adjacent parcels are zoned for agricultural use.

Also at the meeting, the commission voted to:

• Recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve a special-use permit requested by Martine McLaughlin to operate a home business in her residence at 186 Elizabeth Lane, Edinburg. The owner intends to set up a one-chair salon in part of her attached garage. McLaughlin plans to install windows, an entrance door, lighting and flooring. The home provides the required amount of parking and she intends to take customers by appointment only. McLaughlin told the commission about her plans but otherwise no one spoke during the public hearing.

• Recommend supervisors approve a special-use permit requested by Patricia Ann Bennett to operate a wedding venue at her home at 1832 Palmyra Church Road, Edinburg. Bennett spoke to the commission about her plans to host about five weddings on her property this coming summer. No one else spoke during the public hearing.