Warren County officials could reconsider a developer’s rezoning request that would open the door for a Sheetz in Linden, which drew neighbors’ protests.
The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 at its Feb. 16 meeting in favor of a motion to deny the rezoning application filed by Dudding Commercial Development LLC. The applicant sought to rezone 6.45 acres of land in Linden from agriculture to commercial use in order to build a Sheetz and a school bus loop. The property lies north of Interstate 66 and south of the Apple Mountain neighborhood.
Supervisors took the action after holding a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission, which had voted 3-1 to recommend the board approve the rezoning request. Dozens of people either spoke at the public hearing or submitted letters by email urging the board to deny the rezoning request.
Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Archie A. Fox and supervisors Tony F. Carter and Walter J. Mabe voted in favor of the motion to find the requested rezoning was not appropriate for the public necessity and is not good zoning practice. Chairwoman Cheryl L. Cullers and Supervisor Delores R. Oates voted against the motion.
At its meeting today, Carter asked that the board reconsider the rezoning request. If approved by the board, the county would advertise a public hearing for the rezoning.
Deputy County Administrator Taryn Logan said by phone Monday that the application and related materials would not change if the board holds a second public hearing. The county would go through the usual steps in the process, including notifying adjacent property owners.