Update 11/14/13 – The New Kent County, Va., Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a conditional-use permit this week that clears the way for applicant Monte Brown of JackAss Flats LLC to build a self-storage facility in Lanexa Va. The facility will offer 40 units and offer dry storage for boats and RVs.
Brown told the board that a building inspector will examine the two structures that currently stand on the 4-acre site next month to determine if the buildings can be used for the project or need to be demolished.
"Whatever you put there is going to be better than what's already there," said W.R. "Ray" Davis Jr., board chairman.
10/24/13 – On Monday the New Kent County Planning Commission in Virginia voted 9-0 to forward a conditional use permit (CUP) application for a self-storage facility to the Board of Supervisors with a favorable recommendation, despite concerns about the site plans and property cleanup. Applicant Monte Brown of JackAss Flats LLC wishes to build 40 self-storage units and dry storage for boats and RVs at the intersection of Route 60 and Rockahock Road in Lanexa, Va.
Brown intends to build on a four-acre parcel that is zoned commercial. It contains two existing buildings that were once used for short-term residential rental and store frontage. He also intends to clear an undeveloped 2.75-acre parcel, according to the source.
Brown indicated the project would be done in three phases. The first would include cleanup and modification of the existing buildings. In phase two, the undeveloped acres of land would be developed for additional storage units. Although the parcel could accommodate up to 300 units, Brown said he has no intention of building that many. In the final phase, additional units would be constructed as needed.
District 4 Commissioner and Chairman Jack Chalmers and other commissioners voiced concerns about the buildings' current appearance and expressed a desire to see detailed drawings on the proposed project. During a previous meeting, Brown had agreed to deliver engineered drawings to the commission and clean up the property, according to the source. His failure to accomplish either task before the Oct. 21 meeting left commissioners wondering if Brown can fulfill his obligations and maintain the property.
Brown said that after speaking with the planning department, he decided to wait on the engineered drawings until he reaches the planning and development stage. Regarding the site cleanup, he apologized for the delay, citing lack of staff and the presence of large debris on the site as partial causes.
Commissioners continued to express concern. District 2 Commissioner Michael B. Lane Sr. said he didn't have a "warm and fuzzy feeling that this is really going to turn into a nice facility."
County Attorney Michele Gowdy reminded the commissioners that a site plan will be submitted during the upcoming planning phase, and their current task is to simply approve the use of the land for self-storage. The actual development of the building will be discussed at a later phase.
The board of supervisors may review the CUP application at its next meeting on Nov. 13.