RMA REZONING

Randolph Macon Academy wants to rezone this parcel of land along West Main Street in Front Royal.

Randolph-Macon Academy plans to build faculty housing on land in Front Royal.

The Front Royal Planning Commission scheduled a special meeting for Nov. 30 to hold a public hearing on a request by Chris Holloway Construction LLC to rezone approximately 6.24 acres of vacant land from a low-residential zoning district to a classification that allows for higher density housing such as townhomes.

The property is located adjacent to West Main Street and north of Shenandoah Avenue, Garrison Street and Viscose Avenue. The Trustees of Randolph-Macon Academy own the property.

The construction company, owned by town Mayor Christopher W. Holloway, filed the application with the Department of Planning and Zoning on behalf of R-MA. The application states that R-MA requests to rezone the land from residential-1 to residential-3 and proposes to build faculty housing-townhomes on the land.

R-MA President David C. Wesley, retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general, confirmed in a Nov. 3 letter to Planning Director Lauren Kopishke that the academy has requested the rezoning.

Planning Commission members discussed the rezoning application at a Nov. 16 work session that followed their regular meeting and scheduled the public hearing for the special meeting, department Executive Assistant Connie Potter said Tuesday. Commission members asked staff for more information on the definitions of townhomes and multi-family dwellings in the town code, Potter said.

– Contact Alex Bridges at abridges@nvdaily.com

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