The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors denied a property owner’s request Tuesday to create an events center near New Market.
Chairman John R. “Dick” Neese attended and presided over the meeting in the board room at the county government building in Woodstock. The other five supervisors attended and participated in the meeting via their telephones from other locations in response to recommendations against gatherings of groups of 10 people or more.
Supervisors Bradley Pollack, Karl Roulston, Dennis Morris and Timothy Taylor and the chairman voted in favor of a motion to deny the permit. Vice Chairman Steven Baker voted against the motion. Members made no comments before voting.
Alfredo Lopez Montiel applied for a special-use permit to run an events center on property he owns at 2068 Smith Creek Road outside of New Market. Montiel indicated initially he wanted to make an events venue available for weddings, birthdays and rodeos. Neighboring residents spoke out against the request and expressed concerns about traffic, noise and lighting such events might create.
New Market Town Council voted on two occasions to issue a letter expressing most members’ opposition to Montiel’s permit request. The property lies in an area of the county identified as an area of future growth for the town that New Market could acquire through annexation. New Market officials say they envision residential development of the growth area.
Even after Montiel said he could agree to remove rodeos from the types of events he would hold at the proposed venue, reduce the number of parking spots and vehicles allowed on the site, New Market Town Council reiterated its opposition to the permit request.
The Shenandoah County Planning Commission voted 6-1 earlier this month to recommend supervisors deny the permit. The commission and the supervisors heard from the public during a joint hearing held on the permit in February.
Also at the Tuesday meeting, supervisors voted to:
• Appoint Jessica MacDonald to the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Comprehensive Plan.
• Adopt a resolution authorizing the Northwestern Community Services Board to borrow money.
• Adopt a change to the board’s rules and procedures.
• Adopt a change to the zoning ordinance to allow wind and solar facilities with a special-use permit in the general industrial zoning district.
• Adopt a change to the zoning ordinance to allow one rooster with the keeping of chickens.
• Adopt a change in the county code to add to niece, nephew, stepparents, stepchildren and stepsiblings to the definition of “immediate family.”