Fauquier supervisors to hear about Opal Gateway
The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the hotly contested Opal Gateway project during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday night.
If constructed, the development off U.S. 17 in Opal would include a mixture of commercial and industrial uses including flex industrial, medial office, retail, restaurant, a RV park and a motel/hotel.
This June, the planning commission recommended denial of the application by Oak Tree Properties for a comprehensive plan amendment to expand the Opal Service District by 83 acres and change the future land-use plan for the entire 100-acre Opal Gateway area.
The planning commission also voted unanimously to deny a recommendation for an application to rezone approximately 99 acres to C-2, Commercial Highway and Industrial Park.
Based on those two votes to deny, the planning commission then voted, again unanimously, to postpone indefinitely requests by the applicant for special exceptions for a travel trailer park, truck stop, fast-food restaurant with a drive-through, a bank, and a pharmacy with a drive-through.
The current application doesn't include plans for a truck stop. Despite this, the Piedmont Environmental Council recently expressed concerned over the loss of agricultural land in an email blast this week.
"This project has a negative impact on everything the county is trying to achieve in Opal; better traffic flow and mobility, provision of public water, and attracting growth and development in the service district," said PEC spokeswoman Julie Bolthouse in an earlier interview with the Fauquier Times.
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