Your "Rise of online shopping shifts developers plan" story deserves a comment.
The scenario depicts why Virginia should not be a Dillon rule state. The Dillion rule, as I understand it, allows the developer/landowner by right to request changes to zoning to meet his or her needs whether or not there will be positive economic and environmental impact for the community as a whole. It is my opinion that the pursuit to have the prime commercial corridor 140 acres rezoned to what appears to be primarily higher density (1,000 homes) will result in overloading local schools, roads, jails....etc.
More homes will require the municipalities to provide more services that will most likely result in higher property and real estate taxes with fewer jobs created.
The observation in the article that online shopping affecting the need for big box stores is undeniable in the present economic climate; however, economic climates change just like the stock market, and what might be true today may not be the case five to 10 years from now.
I am not a fan of wasting prime land that should be commercial or industrial and changing it to primarily residential. Once the build-out of the residential is done, then the developer is gone forever, and that prime land that may have been available for commercial or industrial uses that would result in added jobs for the community will be gone forever. To the Warren County administrator and the Warren County Board of Supervisor, I promise that the sun will rise tomorrow, so take a deep breath and rethink the pursuit to rezone this valuable property to the community. We cannot blame Amazon for all of our woes.
Bruce Rappaport, Front Royal