Greene Supervisors to consider burn ban, light industrial uses at Villages at Terrace Greene

The four members of the Greene County Board of Supervisors meets at 4:30 p.m. for a closed session followed by an open session at 6:30 p.m. 

After the call to order, the Pledge of Allegiance, and adoption of the agenda, the Board will recognize Ginny Reese, the outgoing branch manager of the Greene County Library. 

There are three public hearings. 

The first is a request from Merit Greene LLC for a special use permit for 30 acres of a 65.17 acre property on U.S. 29 to allow for Light Industrial, Research, Development, and Related Manufacturing. This is within the Villages at Terrace Greene, a property rezoned in 2021. The Planning Commission recommended approval on October 18, 2023. 

An overall conceptual map for the Villages at Terrace Greene that indicates where the light industrial uses would be (Credit: Niles Bolton Associates)

The second is related to language required by the Virginia Resource Authority related to leases with four commercial tenants at 8767 Seminole Trail. Greene County recently purchased the property and retains the leases and the VRA requires “subordination language.” 

The third is a public hearing to condemn sections of two different pieces of land that Greene County would purchase to build the White Run Reservoir. 

“The County has made a bona fide effort to purchase these two pieces of land but has not been able to reach an agreement with the owners,” reads the staff report.

One is a 0.96 acre portion of land at 596 Watson Road and the other is a 0.516 acre piece of land at 708 Watson Road. 

The consent agenda has a few interesting items:

  • There’s a request to appropriate $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund to upgrade the county’s website. The funding originally comes from the American Rescue Plan act and this will be used to help increase the site’s ability to notify people of emergency information. (staff report)
  • There’s a letter of support for Greene County Public Schools’ pursuit of a school construction grant to pay for a freestanding addition to the Greene County Technical Education Center. (read the letter)
  • Greene County is applying for a low-power FM station along with the Greene County Amatuer Radio Club and the Greene County Community Emergency Response Team. (staff report)
  • Greene Commons wants to build a bathroom at the pavilion and Farmer’s Market in Stanardsville as a replacement for porta potties. They need permission from the Board of Supervisors to proceed to hiring a firm to do the design. (staff report)

Under new business, Supervisors will consider the legislative program for 2024. This has been put together by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. (review the draft program)

Next, Supervisors will consider new guidelines for the use of the Public-Private Transportation Act. (review the guidelines)

Finally, there’s action on a ban on outdoor burning. Greene’s Emergency Services Director declared a local emergency on September 7 related to dry conditions and the Board of Supervisors ratified that action five days later. (staff report)

Violations will be a Class 1 misdemeanor. 

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