Rezoning Rejected

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

From farmland to homes in Montevideo, that was one developer's hope at the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The area of land is east of Lawyer Road and south of Duck Run Road. Almost 70 acres was proposed to be rezoned from agriculture to residential to build 106 single-family homes and 32 townhouses, roughly two units an acre. Only 20 percent of the land could be used as farmland, but work would still have to be done for the area to be used for homes.

Both the staff and planning commission did not support the rezoning, but those for and against it spoke out.

"With what has always been a concern of the Board of Supervisors is supply and demand out there, and supply is so low as far as housing that is, well, you know the prices are so high," said developer Rodney Williams.

"We built our home on the Lawyer Road in 1969 to have peace quiet privacy in a safe environment. This development will change, all of this, our pristine view of the Mass. Mountain, will be gone forever," said Lawyer Road resident Lana Hartman.

After the comments, the board unanimously voted against the rezoning. Supervisor Dee Floyd, who represents the area, agreed with staff recommendations that the rezoning is not within the comprehensive plan of the county.

As far as the emergency radio system status, Joe Paxton, Rockingham County administrator, said the contract is being negotiated by staff and hopes to see it completed by the middle of October.

Roger Baker, Harrisonburg City Manager, said he would like to see the contract approved by the beginning of November.

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