County Drive eyed for new commercial park development

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 25, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

Public hearing on re-zoning set for March 26

PRINCE GEORGE – One of the county’s main thoroughfares and links to neighboring communities is being targeted by developers for a new multi-plot complex that would feature a mix of commercial and light industrial businesses to serve those in and around the complex. 

Those plans were presented to the public for the first time as part of a rezoning proposal shown during the Prince George Board of Supervisors’ monthly work session last week as the county’s planning and zoning department walked leaders through the conceptual plan for Dozier Commercial Park, which would be led by Dozier and Associates, Inc. and Nathaniel E. Dozier and located on a 31-acre plot of land along U.S. Route 460 in between West Quaker Road and Wells Station Road.

The development would find its home on three plots of land between those roads if rezoning of the properties in question is approved by county leaders during their March 26 meeting, which is where the community will be able to provide input on whether or not the plots should be rezoned from R-A – Residential Agricultural to B-1 – General Business. 

According to county documents, the development would be suitable for a number of different commercial businesses, such as traditional retail and shops, fast food restaurants, a convenience store, and even a hotel, warehouse facility or grocery store, with those possible uses being identified as part of the applicant’s filings with the Virginia Department of Transportation, a key part of any development process as the agency and the applicant look to see how their project could impact roads from a traffic perspective. 

VDOT records note that 15,000 vehicles travel along County Drive on a daily basis, a vast majority of those being traditional passenger vehicles and, even though this development could see more cars being drawn to the corridor to partake in those businesses and services, the agency said a traffic signal wouldn’t be needed at this stage but, “if a traffic signal is warranted, based on a VDOT study,” that light would have to be installed at the cost of the developer.

A conceptual plan for the proposed commercial park. (Source: Prince George County)

The complex would also be required by the county to feature buffering between itself and the nearby properties through the use of landscaping and ensure that lighting is not invasive on neighboring property owners. 

Additionally, among more technical requirements, including the use of underground utilities for the complex, the developers would provide $40,000 in the form of a cash proffer for each structure at the site that stands higher than one story, which would be used for “payments for capital expenses to enhance County Fire and EMS apparatus,” county documents detailed. 

The rezoning request was unanimously recommended for approval by the county’s planning commission in late January. 

The project is within the county’s comprehensive plan as being suitable for commercial developments, with a majority of the development resting in the county’s long-standing enterprise zones, which are established areas of cities and counties where that have been identified for economic development opportunities and businesses and developers seeking to locate in those areas would be eligible for incentives, with the county’s local incentives, according to planning officials at last week’s meeting, is a waiver of re-zoning fees.

No action was taken on the project and the project’s developer Dozier and Associates did not speak during last week’s work session. The next step would be a public hearing during the board of supervisors’ next meeting on March 26, which starts at 7 p.m. and public hearings beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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