Supervisor frowns on Windsor distribution center

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 21, 2008

ISLE OF WIGHT—An amendment to the Isle of Wight Comprehensive Plan last month to accommodate a proposed 3,000-acre distribution center in Windsor met with some frustration at Thursday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

&uot;This is going to be a major change in the plan — in fact, a big change for the Town of Windsor’s development service district,&uot; said Supervisor Phillip Bradshaw.

&uot;Have any studies been done?&uot; he said. &uot;I haven’t seen any maps. What effect will it have on commercial development? What about transportation, or finances?&uot;

The facility would serve the ports of Virginia and, by extension, the East Coast.

Bradshaw said he felt the board should get input from the citizens of Windsor.

&uot;We don’t know how they feel; we’re just beginning to talk to them.&uot;

He said other changes in the plan, like the proposed development in the Newport District, also had not been discussed.

&uot;We’re going to need a major work session before we can make any decisions,&uot; he said.

He called for a detailed report from the staff prior to a work session scheduled for June 10 at 2 p.m.

An application to rezone nearly 43 acres of land from agricultural to conditional-commercial and conditional-urban residential on Route 17 also came under fire as several residents spoke in opposition to the plan.

The purpose of the application by James Brown Jr. and Judith B. Roberts is to develop a mixed-use community with commercial parcels on the Route 17 frontage and multi-family rental units in the rear.

John Stringfield, who lives in the Ashby Development next to the property up for rezoning, said he felt this was not the right location for rental property.

&uot;It will have a negative impact on our property,&uot; he said. &uot;People who do not own their homes usually have no desire to keep it up.&uot;

Frank Taylor, another Ashby resident, agreed. &uot;There will be an accumulation of trash and litter, and there certainly will be crime.&uot;