Jessup Road commercial development approved

After months of haggling with residents who live near the intersection of Route 10 and Jessup Road, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning of 10.7 acres aggregated properties on the southwest corner of the junction.

Those opposed to the rezoning said that the additional traffic and crime drawn to a filling station/convenience store would cause problems for area residents.

Judy Cuneo, spokesperson for the Braxton [subdivision] said, “All of our concerns about our community is our interest in Iron Bridge Road not becoming another Midlothian Turnpike. Traffic has increased dramatically since the Wawa was built,” She continued. “A 24-hour store brings a lot of traffic and we haven’t considered pedestrian traffic.”

A large community meeting was held last fall and a number of small meetings have taken place since then. Balzer and Associates was the engineering firm negotiating with the community to come to an agreement on what could be at the location on the Jessup/Route 10 corner.

The development was proposed to service the Collegiate School Aquatics Center and soccer fields on Ridgeway Parkway.

According to County staff reports proffers (development and building standards) the developer will have to adhere to proffers that are allowed and ones that are not.

“In response to concerns expressed by area citizens relative to proposed uses and screening, on June 17, 2014, the applicant submitted revisions to proffered conditions to omit gasoline sales as a permitted use along with all design and architectural standards associated with fuel sales areas and structures; and to modify standards for the fence offered as screening along the southern and western boundaries of the development.

“I could see small shops along here; doctor’s offices, dentists, beauty parlors,” Phil Lohr, an area resident said. “This is the entrance to Chesterfield from Chippenham Parkway and this development is not first class. This is not what the Comprehensive Plan says it wants here.” He also compiled a list of crimes perpetrated at WaWa, the closest 24-hour gas/convenience store to the development. His research indicated a total of 76 various crimes were committed in the last two years at the WaWa at 6001 Iron Bridge Rd.

The main focus of the revisions was to remove gasoline sales as a permitted use which affected the following proffered conditions. The following information on the case is part of County planning staffs remarks:

  • Proffered Conditions which would list gasoline sales, petroleum sales or fueling stations as not permitted.
  • It is important to note that petroleum sales and fueling stations (listed as prohibited uses in the proffer) are not uses permitted by the Zoning Ordinance within the Neighborhood Business District and, therefore, would not be permitted even if they are not specifically listed in the proffer.

Permitted uses shall not be allowed:

  • Alternative financial institutions
  • Communications towers, unless the structure is architecturally incorporated into and compatible with the design of a building used for a permitted use
  • Coin laundry
  • Funeral homes
  • Gasoline sales, petroleum sales or fueling stations

The architecture must also be compatible to the proffers agreed to by Balzer and the community.

  • Buildings shall incorporate equal four sided architecture such that no building exterior (whether front, side or rear) shall consist of inferior materials or be inferior in quality, appearance or detail to any other exterior of the same building.
  • A minimum of eighty percent (80%) of each facade, excluding windows and doors, shall be a mixture of stone and brick masonry. No concrete block shall be permitted.
  • Vertical architectural facade features shall be continued a minimum of ten (10) feet in depth from the building facade.
  • Each entrance shall be accentuated with architectural features to include, but not limited to, structured overhangs and/or awnings.
  • All building mounted lighting shall be compatible with the overall architectural style.
  • The color palette shall be limited to neutral and earth toned colors, unless otherwise approved by the Planning Department at the time of plans review.

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