Board denies rezoning
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Dec. 16 to deny the application of BRC Development LLC to rezone 10.694 acres near Locust Hill to build a nine-home subdivision on Route 619 (Healy’s Road).
Applicant Steven Bland was seeking a rezoning from Low Density Rural to Residential.
Saluda District supervisor Jack Miller said he went and looked at the property and felt increased traffic at the proposed subdivision would “make it hard on that little road at Locust Hill.
“I don’t think it’s a good situation at all,” he said. “The road is my main point of contention.”
Jamaica District supervisor Wayne Jessie said he agreed with Miller. “The road is not very wide and I don’t think we should put more traffic on it. It would not create a good situation.”
Board chairman Kenneth W. Williams said that “by right” Bland can build four houses.
Pinetop District supervisor Fred Crittenden asked if six houses would be appropriate for the site.
Miller said the board needs to consider limiting growth in that area until all of Stormont Road is reopened. VDOT has closed a portion of Stormont Road because the dam over Healy’s Mill Pond is considered unsafe to support automobile traffic.
VDOT has indicated it will not fix the dam, but will build a bridge over the pond in 2024.
The board unanimously voted to deny Bland’s rezoning application.
In other matters, the board: