WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County supervisors delayed a vote on a proposal to extend utilities to land that could hold dozens of homes.
The Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 at its meeting Thursday to table action on a proposal to extend the Toms Brook-Maurertown Sanitary District. Chairman Conrad Helsley, Vice Chairman John R. “Dick” Neese,” and supervisors Richard Walker, Steven Baker and Dennis Morris voted in favor of the motion to table the proposal. Supervisor Karl Roulston voted against it.
Three Amigos LLC first submitted an application to the county to rezone 51.3 acres at 49 Ritenour Lane near Maurertown from agricultural and residential uses to a new district that allows for more dense residential development. Part of the property borders Maurertown Mill Road. However, the board voted in late August to table the rezoning request to allow the sanitary district extension request to come forward. Roulston argued against delaying potential development when he dissented with his fellow supervisors.
When board members considered the sanitary district extension Thursday, Morris made the motion to table the proposal. He said he felt the county and the board needed more information before taking action and explained that the property owners and representatives with the Virginia Department of Transportation continue to discuss requirements for the entrance to the Three Amigos property. County officials also need to assess if the sanitary district can provide adequate sewer and water service to the property if rezoned and developed for housing, Morris said.
Roulston argued that the matter before the board Thursday addressed only the request to extend the sanitary district to the property. He warned that continuing to delay action could discourage the business partners from moving forward in developing the land.
By comparison, supervisors voted 6-0 earlier in the meeting to adopt an ordinance to expand the Stoney Creek Sanitary District to two properties totaling about 0.96 acres. The properties are zoned conservation and include houses. The parcels are not adjacent to each other but both border the sanitary district. The extension would allow each property to connect to water and sewer lines. The district then can charge connection fees and property owners would pay an additional tax on top of the real estate tax to the county.
Also at the meeting, supervisors:
• Adopted a resolution concerning the financing of equipment for use at the county landfill. The fiscal 2020 budget includes $350,000 to replace three pieces of equipment. County officials anticipate the total cost to not exceed that amount. The county paid off a loan this year taken out in fiscal 2015 for landfill equipment.
• Directed the county attorney to take action to opt out of the “negotiation class” regarding opioid litigation.
• Met in closed session to discuss the disposition of county-owned property.