Keep an eye on this: Ironhorse Business Park is starting to move

CPA2022-06 is slated for a public hearing before the Ashland Town Council Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

To date, a comprehensive plan amendment, CPA 2022-06, has been filed with the Town of Ashland, requesting a land use change that will lay the groundwork for the rezoning request for Ironhorse Business Park.

Applications for the Hanover County portion (REZ2022-00008 and CUP2023-00001) have just been filed in March.

The project will occupy about 230 acres and will straddle the Town-County line.

Now is the time to speak up about preserving the quality of life — namely the rural, small town, less intensively developed character —  that Town and County residents enjoy in this historic Rte 54 gateway corridor.

Some significant issues of concern arise with this development. Here are just a few:

  • Ashland is in the midst of its Comp Plan update. Why is a Comprehensive Plan Amendment being thrown into the mix?
  • Business and commercial producing commercial creep eastward along Rte 54 is out of sync with the rural and historic communities.
  • 1.9 million square feet of “flex” warehouse space in Hanover County and Ashland is unnecessary and excessive. Town and County already have 14.64 million s.f., with 10.9 million s.f. on the way.
  • Traffic volume overload and cut-through on the road network of Rte 54/Mount Hermon Road/Woodside Lane/Jamestown Road are already producing traffic accidents, delays and near misses.

A sense of place will be obliterated if the massive Ironhorse Business Park slams down its Anywhere, USA commercial, industrial and residential development on the green space east of I-95.

Now is the time for action. Speak at the March 21 public hearing. Submit your comments to Town Council. 

Go here for contact information:

Request joint Town and County community meetings to ensure the best decision making for good quality of life.

The citizen voice matters. Thank you for your voice.


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