Warren County supervisors on Wednesday denied a landowner’s application for a permit to use his property as a campground.
Board Chair Cheryl L. Cullers, Vice Chair Delores R. Oates, and Supervisors Vicky L. Cook and Walter J. “Walt” Mabe voted in favor of a motion to deny a conditional use permit for private, non-commercial camping lots on the Howellsville Road. Supervisor Jerome K. “Jay” Butler did not attend the meeting.
Jeffrey S. Taylor purchased the 2 acre lot in June 2021 which has been designated as residential. Taylor applied for permission so he could use the property in the River Park section of the Shenandoah Farms subdivision for private camping.
Regulators held a public hearing on the permit application at their Oct. 25 meeting, but voted to submit actions to get more information about the proposed use. Several people spoke at the hearing, urging supervisors to deny approval.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, regulators approved a motion by WP Associates, which looks after Ray Pennington III, to rezone 614.14 acres of land consisting of three lots from residential to agricultural land. The property is located off Reynolds Drive, Switchback Road, Elseas Farm Road and High Top Road in the Blue Ridge Reserves subdivision of Linden. The applicant requested rezoning to use the land for agriculture and forestry purposes and to construct buildings permitted in the agricultural zone district. The property is also on a conservation easement which limits development in perpetuity.
Supervisors approved a conditional occupancy permit for Ryan Wesley Eshelman to operate a commercial repair shop and demolition service adjacent to his home at 1034 Rivermont Drive in the Eshelman subdivision. a conditional occupancy permit for Cindy L. DuVall for a short-term tourist rental at 197 Marissa Court; a conditional use permit for Jay Newell for non-commercial, private camping on property on Avalon Drive in the Shenandoah River Estates subdivision.
Also at the meeting, supervisors voted to approve:
Refunds of $17,600 to Central Telephone Company, $7,789 to Norfolk & Western Railway Company, and $16,176 to Sprint Spectrum Realty Co. LLC for fiscal year 2022 public service misstatements.
A resolution calling for “justice for the citizens of Warren County” regarding the prosecution of Jennifer R. McDonald, a former executive director of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, and all other parties McDonald aided or associated with McDonald conspired to steal funds or property from the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Agency. McDonald has not been convicted of any crimes related to an investigation into embezzled EDA funds, but faces charges in federal court with crimes arising out of the investigation. The resolution notes that McDonald issued a $9 million judgment against them in connection with EDA’s related civil lawsuit. Juries in separate civil trials for their co-defendants found in favor of EDA in their lawsuits and awarded additional aggregate damages of US$15 million. According to the decision, regulators are now demanding that authorities institute criminal proceedings against the co-defendants from McDonald’s. Superiors also urge the US Attorney to prosecute McDonald to the fullest extent permitted by law and not to enter into a settlement agreement with terms that do not reflect the seriousness of the conduct and the resulting harm to the EDA, Warren County and their citizens . “
A $169,540 grant to Nicholls Construction for the construction of the Bentonville Transfer Station office building.
A Memorandum of Agreement with the Linden Volunteer Fire Department regarding the District’s desire to make repairs, alterations, improvements and/or additions immediately and prior to the District’s completion of the purchase of the property. The fire department must reimburse the county for associated costs if the property is not sold to the county.
An amendment to an incentive grant agreement involving the county, EDA, Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods and IPS2 LLC, the successor to Lispen LLC (Interchange).
Approve documents establishing a process for individuals and groups to rent Front Royal-Warren County Airport and authorize the District Public Works Superintendent to approve or deny rental applications.
The use of $135,000 from the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District Fund to settle the balance of the Virginia Municipal League/Virginia Association of Counties Commercial Paper Billing loan.
The following Virginia Department of Transportation cost-sharing projects: Proceed with construction of Phase IV of Old Oak Lane and apply for additional VDOT funding for Phase V of Old Oak Lane; continued design and construction of Youngs Drive; and to authorize the district administrator or appointee to complete Lake Drive Phase I and Western Lane Phase II documents.
Permission from the District Administrator to issue an official termination notice to VDOT withdrawing from the Blue Valley Road, Phase I and Tulip Poplar Drive, Phase I and Grove Farm Road cost-sharing projects.
Approval for district staff improvements at Drummer Hill and Venus Branch Roads at a cost of $625,000.
The appointment of Pearson’s Appraisal Services Inc. in place of an appraisal panel as appraisers for the reappraisal process.
Prior to the regular session, the Supervisors met in closed session to:
Discuss personnel matters related to the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District Advisory Committee and the Warren County Board of Assessors.
Consult legal counsel for actual or probable litigation and for the provision of legal advice regarding objection matters relating to zoning and properties located in the Magisterial District of Fork outside Front Royal city limits.
Consult legal counsel about actual or potential litigation involving Front Royal, Warren County and the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Board; other potential claims and litigation relating to other potential liabilities and outstanding debts of EDA; and the recovery of Agency funds and assets.