Town council approved the final site plan for the 14-lot Bailey Ridge Subdivision that Developer Roy Rogers is proposing at Memorial Drive in Warsaw.
Last week, the Warsaw Planning Commission, which acts as the advisory body to council, tabled discussion of the project until their September meeting because they were awaiting preliminary comments from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
At that meeting, Town Manager John Slusser said he didn’t anticipate that VDOT would have any issues with the project, but also that he could not foresee for certain that VDOT wouldn’t see an issue. Slusser noted that he wanted to give VDOT the opportunity to make comments, so when the planning commission tabled the matter, it was anticipated that no action would be taken until they met again in September.
But when town council met last Thursday, Slusser had those comments from VDOT in hand.
Slusser asked Councilman and Planning Commissioner William Washington if the absence of said comments from VDOT was the only concern voiced by the planning commission; Washington replied in the affirmative.
Slusser said the preliminary comments were “typical VDOT comments” that remarked on Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements, multiple points of entry and exit in the subdivision and means to move from one subdivision to another.
“I’m not an expert on it [but] I’ve been told that’s not applicable in this case, and even if it were … the only place that this could take that would be to Sturman Lane … which—it’s an inadequate right-of-way right now, so it would actually be exacerbating a condition that’s not desirable,” Slusser said. “We’ll see whether or not it makes the final cut of things that the developer has to do.”
Prior to council’s vote, Rogers noted that they had filed information for the subdivision back in April and had been put off three months, going on four.
“I’ve listened to all the concerns, we’ve addressed all the concerns; the last concern from the planning commission was VDOT—the comments were written prior to last Thursday’s meeting; we just hadn’t received them yet,” Rogers said, adding that about eight of VDOT’s comments were general development comments that are all addressed on construction plans.
“Everybody in town talks about wanting growth … here’s the chance to start,” Rogers said.
There were no opposing votes to the final site plan from council.