Nelson supervisors deny vacation dwelling in Nellysford

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The Nelson County Board of Supervisors voted on a few issues at its Oct. 10 meeting: a trip property in Nellysford, a a single-unit campground and funding for a new ambulance for the Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.

First, the supervisors unanimously authorized a funding request from the Rockfish fire and rescue section for a new ambulance, aspect of a rescue squad’s aid match grant with the point out.

County Administrator Candy McGarry said 50% of the ambulance price tag is $149,865 and the present-day equilibrium of the emergency car or truck line in the finances is $157,885.

The department now has to go to the Nelson County Crisis Solutions Council to be formally accredited for the match grant they ended up unable to secure in early spring.

The board also reviewed a unique use allow for a a single-website campground on Falling Rock Drive, a deferred vote from final thirty day period.

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Emily Hjulstrom, planner for the county, stated the house owners approach to are living in the dwelling on the property, zoned A-1 (Agriculture) and rent out their individual own camper through occasions they are not employing it by themselves. The board unanimously accepted the allow.

In its evening session, supervisors mentioned a expanding worry in the county, a special use allow for a trip residence on a just one-acre house on Rockfish Valley Freeway in Nellysford. The board voted unanimously to deny the permit.

The applicant and proprietor, Gretchen Hurry and Glenda MacNeil, looked to use the residence as a aspect-time holiday vacation rental.

Hurry claimed they only prepared to rent the property 20% to 40% of the time per month.

Paul Davis, a county resident, explained in the course of a general public listening to he has concerns on how the permit has an effect on the county in the long run.

“Once we get started doing this, with special use permits, it stays with the residence and it changes the county endlessly,” he stated.

South District Supervisor Robert Barton explained the community is “under an assault, in a way by bed-and-breakfasts” and with the dialogue of arranging and zoning having location subsequent the finalization of the thorough prepare, he discussed this is not the best time.

“It’s just challenging to approve anything at this time,” he stated.

Central District Supervisor Ernie Reed stated he doesn’t sense he can approve a special use permit at this place wherever there is an R-1 zoning.

“While it may possibly not be the most equitable factor for the candidates, it seems like from a local community standpoint that it would not be a great idea to open up a door that we want to slam afterwards,” he explained. “I have to be really sensitive … responsive to the people today who have set me here and that suggests getting delicate to the individuals in my neighborhood who have experienced it way more than their heads with quick expression rentals in Nelson County.”

Hurry claimed she and MacNeil “totally understand” the timeline.

“The crux of the issue that this could not be what’s very best for the group, but on the other hand, we are satisfying the standards that is there,” she reported.

“I loathe the word ‘fair’ but to have 1 two doors down and 1 five doors down, just because where they’re situated … it just feels like the buck is halting with Gretchen and Glenda, mainly because of nowadays, that does not appear like a genuine explanation to say no.”

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