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Locust Grove, VA, Board Approves Self-Storage Zoning Change


The zoning board in Locust Grove, Va., approved a special-use permit on April 8 for a self-storage facility to be developed on nearly 11 acres of land after it faced opposition from nearby residents. The unanimous vote by board members rezoned two parcels totaling 10.9 acres from agricultural to limited commercial.

The city’s planning commission had previously recommended approving the zoning request by the original applicant, Stephan McLean, with one slight alteration, changing it from general commercial, which allows for a building height of 100 feet, to limited commercial, C-1, with a maximum height 40 feet.

McLean later left the project after learning about a required left-turn lane and costs associated with stormwater management. The project was then picked up by Ken Dotson of SJS Limited Co. and D & W Investments LLC. Dotson has agreed to perform a Transportation Impact Analysis when he submits the site plan to meet Virginia Department of Transportation regulations, according to the source.

The property is on the north side of State Route 20, about a third of a mile east of the intersection of Flat Run Road and abuts the nearby community of Lake of the Woods.

Three residents from the neighborhood and two others who live in the county spoke against the development during the zoning meeting. A letter from the Lake of the Woods Association expressing concern about stormwater runoff was also presented.

Supervisor Lee Frame, whose district comprises Lake of the Woods, said the developer will need to comply with the new stormwater law that goes into effect on July 1.


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