September 25 Meeting Recap
BOS Defers Action On
Proposed Adventure Park
The Board of Supervisors at its September 25 meeting deferred action on a Special Exception Tuesday night that would have been another step in locating an adventure park at New Scott Park.
Following a public hearing that saw several people from Branchester Lakes oppose the project, the BOS deferred action until October 9. The vote was unanimous, with Chairman Carmichael being absent because of illness.
The Special Exception request, submitted by Tree Time Adventures, Inc., had been unanimously referred to the BOS from the Planning Commission. The project proposes to construct and operate a commercial outdoor adventure and fitness park to include ground courses and fitness areas. The initial Phase One would occupy approximately 30 acres with the 130 acres of unused County property located at New Scott Park.
Citizen concerns about the project ranged from it being too close to residential property to security issues. None of those concerns were raised at the Planning Commission, or even at a public meeting hosted by the developer to explain the project.
In recent meetings, the BOS had considered and unanimously approved a lease agreement with Tree Time Adventures, Inc. According to County Administrator Percy Ashcraft, that lease has not been approved by the project developer.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its Meeting:
- Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution proclaiming October as Community Planning Month in Prince George County.
- Approved on the Consensus Agenda a proclamation establishing October 7-13 National Fire Prevention Week.
- Approved on the Consensus Agenda a Memorial Commendation for the late Leigh Roberts Primmer, Procurement Officer, for her service to Prince George County.
- Presented a Memorial Commendation to the family of the late Reggie Jones, Parks & Recreation coach & volunteer.
- Received a report from the District 19 Community Services Board.
- Received the FY ’18 year-end report.
- Received a report on County employee demographics.
- Received a report on the Fire & EMS Strategic Plan.
- Unanimously appointed Tonya Brown-Fletcher to the Crater District Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors.
- Made no recommendation on an ABC License application by Shakers Restaurant at South Forty Campground.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved a Special Exception request by the Prince George Ruritan Club to permit an assembly hall use located west of 4620 Melfore Drive along Ruffin Road.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved a Special Exception request by Living Well LLC to permit an assembly hall use located at 5503 Ruffin Road.