County to consider sealant plant for industrial park

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders plan to consider a permit for a pavement sealing business set to open near Mount Jackson.

The Planning Commission recently recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve a special-use permit for a sealcoat mixing facility. The commission also recommended that the permit come with the condition that the county conducts an on-site review of the use and intensity of the business after a year of operation.

George Krillis, of Annandale,  applied for the permit to operate a plant that would create a water-based, asphalt emulsion used as a sealant, according to information provided by the Office of Community Development. Director of Community Development Brian Henshaw said Thursday the county is considering the permit application under the special-use allowance for asphalt or concrete mixing plants.

Krillis proposes to turn an existing storage facility on the 3.2-acre parcel at 1067 Industrial Park Road into the manufacturing plant. The business would employ one to three people, Henshaw said. The property lies in the Mount Jackson Industrial Park. The parcel is zoned for general industrial use. Adjacent parcels are zoned for industrial and agricultural use.

The county zoning ordinance does not include sealcoat manufacturing as an allowable use with a permit, Henshaw said. The ordinance has not been updated to include the new technology, he added. Sealcoat’s reduced environmental impact has allowed it to emerge as an alternative to asphalt, according to Henshaw. Krillis does not plan to make asphalt at the facility, he added.

Krillis plans to use water and sewer service provided by Mount Jackson for the business. The parcel is already connected to the town utilities so the user of the property would just need to set up an account with Mount Jackson, Henshaw explained.

Other than Krillis, no one spoke during the public hearing held on the permit by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, Henshaw said.

The proposed permit doesn’t conflict with the county’s Comprehensive Plans and its long-range goals, according to information provided by Henshaw’s office.

The plant will have an estimated five to 10 tank trucks carrying 200 to 300 gallons once or twice a week delivering raw material and to distribute sealcoat, according to information from planner Jill Jefferson. The business will relocate if it grows but the goal is to stay in the county near Interstate 81.

Also at the meeting, the commission:

• Scheduled a work session for 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss proposed changes to the zoning ordinance, specifically the minimum lot sizes in certain residential districts.

• Reviewed and approved a site plan for an addition to the Dutch Haven Adult Care facility at 257 Toll House Road, Maurertown. The approval came with the condition that the property owner address comments made by reviewing agencies before the issuance of a land-disturbance permit. Dutch Haven intends to build a 9,780-square-foot addition with 34 more beds and to modify the adjacent parking lot and drive areas. The existing building, constructed in 1940, covers 10,850 square feet. The commission must review the site plan if the building contains a floor area in excess of 5,000 square feet.