Contentious Jessup Road rezoning continued

Having added some last minute changes required the Board of Supervisors to defer the Jessup and Iron Bridge roads project until May.

Andy Sherzer, of the Balzer and Associates an engineering architecture firm, represented the Gilliam family on a rezoning that would included several commercial uses.

Mr. Sherzer said at this point that the owner of the property has no idea who the businesses will be or who will build on the site.

Sherzer met with staff and neighbors numerous times. “This, like any big change case, had lots of imput, and on this one we reduced it to neighborhood center,” Sherzer said.

The Gilliam family grew up on the property. Sherzer said,   “We are providing improvements to Jessup and [Iron Bridge] roads and we have done more than I have ever seen on a case.

Brick paved sidewalks, a special RPA, limited hours and any drive-through would not be visible from the road.”

“We have been trying to put our best foot forward for over a year,” Sherzer said.

“We have been sensitive to what the community wants,” Sherzer said. We have tried to serve the community and the sport tourism. (The Richmond Collegiate Aquatic Center).

Speakers disagreed:

Jack Cogbill, a local resident said, we already have enough gas stations, and already have a C- zoned parcel at 10 and Chippenham.

Increase in crime, decrease in property values, traffic congestion, we all expect to be victims to these, said Jean Wonder, of the Rock Springs neighborhood. “Young families move here because of the ambiance.

The case was deferred until the May Board meeting.

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