HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Planning Commission is expected to discuss MLK Preston Lake’s master plan change during Tuesday’s public hearing.
The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors approved MLK Preston Lake’s request to waive the public hearing, so there will be no allowance for comment.
Virginia law allows local governments to waive public hearings if there are no changes to use or density.
MLK Preston Lake filed a request March 19 to amend the existing master plan to include a senior living facility off Boyers Road and Stone Spring Road.
Under the existing plan, the 4-acre parcel would have a 168-unit multifamily apartment complex.
The only change to the master plan would be the type of housing the parcel would have. The residential zoning would not change.
Located between Massanetta Springs Road and Boyers Road, Preston Lake has been under development for the last 13 years, seeing several renditions of master plans since being approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2005.
What started as town homes and single-family units grew to include multifamily buildings and quadplexes after MLK Preston Lake bought the development in December 2012 for $2 million after the property foreclosed in early 2011.
Planning Commission must recommend approval of the amendment request being heard by supervisors.
Planning Commission will also consider three ordinance amendments including eliminating minimum buffer area requirements in all zoning districts, reducing minimum required yard setbacks and imposing maximum yard setbacks in the B-1 General Business zoning district.
Planning Commission will also hear an ordinance amendment to remove “contractor’s operation” as a permitted use from the B-2 Neighborhood Business zoning district and assign it as a permitted use in the B-1 General Business zoning district. The amendment will additionally include “contractor’s operation, small” as a special use within the B-2 district, according to the request.
Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockingham County Government Center.