To the Editor:
We wish to express our great appreciation for all who are standing for preserving Ebony by opposing rezoning and Dollar General. In particular, the many voices of opposition (16-18), petition signatures from both local stores, and overall attendance that overflowed the room at the Brunswick County Planning Commission public hearing on Nov. 12, 2019 were heard and made an impact. Only three spoke in favor: Dollar General, the landowner, and one other resident from the community.
At the Nov. 12, 2019 Planning Commission meeting a motion was made, seconded, and then tabled denying the application based on non-compliance with current zoning regulations. In addition it is not aligned with current or future land use of the Ebony community defined in the Brunswick County Comprehensive Plan 2037 (“2037 Plan”) that keeps Ebony as it is: Country. This classification is described as Agricultural, Forestry, and Rural Residential.
Ultimately the Commission elected to defer the vote in order to get an analysis from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT on whether the proposed Dollar General plan would meet traffic management and safety requirements. The next opportunity for the Planning Commission to revisit the vote will be at the December 10 meeting. It has been confirmed they will vote.
The Board of Supervisors’ (BOS) vote that will follow the Planning Commission vote will determine the final outcome — regardless of how the Planning Commission votes. Once this has passed to the BOS, a second public hearing will be scheduled. It is important that our opposition voices and turnout match and even exceed the Planning Commission public hearing. This is anticipated to be at the BOS January meeting.
Anne Hartley On Behalf of the Ebony Preservation Group KeepEbonyCountry@gmail.com
To read the entire letter pick up the Nov. 27, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.