Warsaw business owners responded last Thursday to the creation of a new zoning category.
On Sept. 5, the planning commission forwarded to town council several requests from the public to rezone their properties to commercial and light industrial, or C-3.
Three months ago, Slusser said changes to the comprehensive included new zoning for Warsaw that mixed limited retail with light industry. Slusser added at the time that there was no such zoning available to the town.
Last month, council approved the creation of the C-3 zoning.
Kenneth Butzner, as a result, requested that the town rezone a 40-acre parcel located between the Rte. 3 Bypass and Hamilton in order to allow Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, with whom he has entered an agreement, to relocate its garage and warehouse to the property.
“They don’t have the room over here for people coming in [to help in the event of a] hurricane or any kind of emergency,” said Butzner.
Billy Herbert requested rezoning his property located between McDonald’s and the Northern Neck Regional Jail, although a purpose for the 13.2-acre parcel has yet to be defined.
“I wish I had a pending sale for it at this particular time,” said Herbert. “I tried several different things and haven’t been able to develop it to suit everybody’s needs.”
Herbert added that the zoning change would expand the areas he could then examine for development purposes.
Following Herbert, Jason Hughes, who co-owns River Pools and Spas, requested a rezoning from C-2 to C-3 and a conditional use permit for the purpose of building fiberglass swimming pools at his Selftown Road business.
“It’s going to facilitate our business growth and help us with what we currently do, which is installing the pools,” said Hughes, adding that his business would also become a dealer and manufacturer to other dealers around the country.
Slusser said that all of the parcels under consideration for rezoning conformed to the comprehensive plan’s vision.
“That’s an important factor in rezoning,” said Slusser. “We need to recognize that the comprehensive plan permits it.”
In light of the relatively large number of requests last Thursday, Slusser said in a follow-up interview that they were demonstrations of a need for the C-3 zoning category.
“It’s another means to make things happen in the Town of Warsaw,” said Slusser. “It’s those uses [specified in the C-3 zoning] that are going to help us to grow.”
In related news, planners recommended to council a conditional use permit from George Jenkins to operate a banquet hall where Lilly’s Diner and Deserts was formerly located on Main Street.
Public hearings have been forwarded to Thursday, Oct. 3 during the next meeting of the Warsaw Planning Commission at 7 p.m. in town hall.