Preservation Win - Chancellorsville, Va - County Board Reject Dogwood Plan!
Chancellorsville, Va - County Board Rejects Dogwood Plan!
==========================There will be no Town of Chancellorsville.
The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 early this morning, with Supervisor Gary Jackson abstaining, to turn down a Reston developer's request to rezone about 800 acres along State Route 3. A majority of the 75 people who stayed until the end sat in stunned silence before applauding the vote.
Dogwood Development Group proposed building a new town of 1,995 homes and up to 2.2 million square feet of businesses. Preservation groups opposed the plan because the land includes the site of first-day fighting in the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville.
The vote against the Dogwood proposal followed more than seven hours of public comment and board discussion. Jackson had suggested the matter be tabled at least 30 days due to its complexity, and ultimately said he could not vote one way or the other.
The proceedings started at 4:30 p.m. with a staff briefing and tough questioning by Hagan. He asked county planners questions that showed much of the county's analysis of the project was based on unverified information supplied by the developer.It was 5:50 p.m. by the time Smith made his presentation. The Reston-based developer showed renderings of what he says the project would look like and gave projections of future economic benefit.
Opponents complained that they had to wait until all of the people in favor of the project had spoken. Supervisors decided to have proponents and opponents alternate last night, and people seemed to appreciate the rule change.
The arguments offered were familiar ones in a debate that has been waged for more than a year.
Opponent Kevin Leahy said it best ..
Chancellorsville would damage tourism, a major existing county industry. "We have something in this county that other people crave," he said, referring to the area's Civil War battlefields. "They're not coming here to see the Kmart."