Planners frown on Franklin Co. resortThis farm field has character ...
By Ruth L. Tisdale, The Roanoke Times
In a narrow 4-3 vote, the Franklin County Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to recommend denying the 605-acre LakeWatch Spa and Resort development.
[The developer] proposed changing the 605 acres from A-1 agricultural zoning to a planned commercial development. He also had eight special-use permits for boat storage, residential housing units and a shopping center.
But those permits were never voted on because the commission voted to deny the development.
The proposed Spa and Resort development featured a condominium hotel, a conference center, a golf course and a wakeboard cable park as well as single- and multi-family residential units.
But changing the area to a planned commercial development distinction did not coincide with the comprehensive plan, planning commission member Bob Camicia said.
"This was expected to be residential, not commercial," he said. "This goes against the character of the land." (link)
And the character of the land, though not being disturbed should someone come in and put some more double-wides on it, would suffer mightily if a golf course and hotel were to be built. It would ruin the ambience, apparently.
Message to Developer: Franklin County has a plan for ... well, it's hard to say. But Bland County welcomes growth. And we're not that far away. Bring your 18-hole course and your luxury hotel over here. Both should complement our new Dollar General quite well.
Even better, the conference center should alleviate the overcrowding conditions at Lindy's barber shop.