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Public Pushes Back on Business Park in Louisa County

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Dozens of Louisa residents spoke out against a proposed business park. Dozens of Louisa residents spoke out against a proposed business park.
Proposed plans for a Louisa County business park. Proposed plans for a Louisa County business park.
LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A proposed business park in Louisa County was met with a large amount of public opposition at Tuesday night’s Louisa County Board of Supervisors meeting. Close to 40 people signed up to speak during the public comment period, which nearly all used to express disapproval in the project.

Many concerns about the project were voiced by the public, but keeping Louisa rural was a common thread among them.

“This is not the place for a mega industrial park,” said president of Louisa Farm Bureau Jim Riddell.

The proposed business park would be approximately 1,600 acres and would be located off of Shannon Hill Road.

“It sounds great in theory, but the days of big huge mega industrial parks…they’re going. There are empty ones all over Virginia,” said Amy Dixon.

Last month, the Board of Supervisors approved preliminary plans for the development that will require some rezoning of currently rural, undeveloped land.

“The number one goal of the comp plan is to protect the rural character of the county,” said Steve Hopkins.

The response to the project from the public was overwhelmingly negative. One woman fought back tears as she talked about how the business park is not the rural Louisa she knows and loves. The audience erupted into applause after one speaker asked those opposed to the project to stand up and clap.

“I see this plan with so many unknowns, hidden agendas, and costs as a spiraling cancerous growth where the once rural Louisa will be lost,” said Randy Holladay.

Displeasure with the board was also voiced, as speakers claimed the supervisors have kept all the planning a secret. The supervisors also cut back speaking time from three minutes to two minutes due to the amount of speakers, which upset many.

“The overreach of the government is the main issue here,” said James Beasley of Louisa County. “When the county goes out of control and starts doing things secretly behind closed doors, we have a problem.”

The board invited anyone to voice their opinions on the project at any future Board of Supervisors meeting. The next meeting is set for September 17.

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