Planners recommend approval of Cobbs Creek auto business

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Mar 16, 2011 - 03:16 PM

The Mathews County Planning Commission voted to recommend that the board of supervisors grant three requests for conditional use permits following joint public hearings on the applications Tuesday night. All three cases will be heard by the supervisors at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the historic courtroom on Court Street.

Despite some concerns expressed by commission members that compliance might be an issue, the commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of a revised application for an auto service business at 3890 Buckley Hall Road in Cobbs Creek, near the intersection with Roane Point Road.

The application, submitted by Alandus Ware of Mathews, was revised to require a VDOT-approved commercial entrance. The business, which is situated 575 feet back from the highway, would also be limited to operating between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with towing on an on-call basis. In addition, screening would have to be provided for vehicles awaiting service, and buffers would need to be established between the business and an adjoining residential property. Finally, no more than six vehicles being repaired or waiting for repair would be permitted on the property at one time, and no more than five inoperable vehicles may be kept on the property.

Planning director John Shaw said that, although the business had been operating in violation of the zoning ordinance for several years, the county had issued Ware a business license in 2003, and he had also been granted LLCs for both the auto service business and Ware Enterprises. Shaw said that Ware had been cooperative and diligent in addressing the violations so the application could be approved.

Ware wasn’t present at the hearing, and the only resident who spoke about the case was a neighbor, Norbert Musgrove, who was concerned about noise and asked for the limitation on hours of operation.