Decision Comes On Controversial Re-Zoning

By: Chay Lee
By: Chay Lee

A controversial rezoning in Harrisonburg came before the Harrisonburg City Council. It involved the property at the corner of Neff and Port Republic roads.The council heard from residents opposed to the development as well as the property owners in favor.The council voted 3 to 2 to approve rezoning the property from residential to business.The seven acres on the corner of Neff and Port Republic Roads has been the subject of rezoning attempts since 2000.To make it more palatable to opposing residents, owner Beth Kaslow Leigh said it would only be used for businesses and professional offices.That plan did not pass planning commission, but went to city council who has the final say.The majority vote felt it would not be a good place for homes, while the minority vote said it would create more traffic.Residents were not pleased with the decision. " Commercial development of this property will add curb cuts and add to that stacking problem at the Neff Avenue intersection. We already have a stacking problem at Port Republic Road, I have witnessed numerous accidents at that intersection," says nearby resident Neil Menefee. Next a traffic analysis study must be completed for the area.


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