WOODSTOCK — A resort that can accommodate more than 200 guests received approval Thursday night from the Shenandoah County Planning Commission.
The planners’ recommendation now goes to the Board of Supervisors for a final decision.
Planning Commission members Mark Dotson, Tommy Miller, Debbie Keller, Eunice Turndrup, Dennis Morris, and Chairman Gary Lantz attended the joint Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday. Commissioner Todd Steiner was absent.
Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the motion to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the site plan for Simply Shenandoah Rural Resort. The application is for a wellness and nature resort that includes buildings for guest rooms, cabins, spa treatment rooms, treehouses, meeting spaces, and other indoor/outdoor spaces. Simply Shenandoah plans to have 75 employees and the ability to accommodate 237 guests.
The applicant, Carson Transform LLC, already obtained a special use permit in 2019 and is now seeking approval from the supervisors.
A public hearing was held for a special use permit to allow a special event center on approximately 8.5 acres of land at 1136 Hoover Road, Woodstock. The applicant is seeking to operate a special event center to hold auctions, weddings, meetings, and other types of events at the property.
During public comments, a majority of the speakers were in favor of the special events center.
In another public hearing, commissioners allowed public comments regarding an applicant seeking a special use permit to operate two on-site Airstream recreational vehicles to rent out as short-term rentals on nearly 27 acres of land located at 336 Woodstock Tower Road, Woodstock. Applicant Keith Stephens explained that these short-term rentals would only be available from March through November.
A majority of public comments were in favor of the short-term rentals, but Woodstock resident Laurie Ellicott voiced her concerns about loud noises affecting nearby residents, the environmental impact, and the possibility of the business expanding beyond just the two rentals.
“What guarantee do we have that this is not going to expand and we will eventually be living across the river from a trailer park,” Ellicott said.
Morris said he believed that this operation would be beneficial for the county and that Stephens would be able to handle control of the operation.
“I think they will manage that very professionally,” Morris said. “I think it’s a low volume impact project.”
Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of a motion to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the special use permit of the short-term rentals.
In three other public hearings held during the meeting, there were no public comments. After the three public hearings, commissioners voted 6–0 in favor of motions to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve:
A special use permit that allows a homeowner to operate a business in his home that will consist of the repair of firearms and related accessories at 217 Country Brook Road, Toms Brook.
A zoning text amendment for a section of the county code pertaining to on-site sewage disposal systems. The amendment will include wording to clarify the permitting process for more than two disposal sites on a lot.
An applicant’s request to withdraw a portion of property from the New Market Agricultural and Forestal District. The property is around 3.6 acres and is located at 134 Davis Lane in New Market. The applicant is seeking to remove the 3.6-acres to subdivide the property and dissolve a family partnership.