Community meeting April 11 for Ironhorse Business Park

A joint community meeting of Town and County citizens, Planning staffs and developers is scheduled Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 p.m. in Copley Science Center, #100, on the Randolph-Macon College campus.

The meeting is a followup to a motion by Ashland Town Council March 21 to defer CPA2022-06 for 30 days and to hold a community meeting. The comprehensive plan amendment will change land use to allow an upcoming rezoning application for the Ironhorse Business Park.

The proposal consists of 230 acres lying in both Town and County of interstate commercial, industrial warehouse space and residential. The “flex” warehouse spaces amount to 1.9 million square feet in 14 buildings. Commercial interstate businesses–gas station, hotel and quick in/out restaurants–are shown on the design plan.

In short, the Ironhorse Business Park will bring more traffic to an overburdened Exit 92 and road system, fracture open and rural green landscape at the Town-County interface, add excessive warehouse spaces to an inventory of 14.64 million square feet; another 11.3 million square feet is waiting in the wings.

Additionally, this Town-County area is now rural residential. Commercial and industrial zoning is out of sync with the existing neighborhoods.

Quality of life stands to suffer. Attend the meeting and contact Ashland Town Council members:

Steve Trivett

John Hodges

Daniel McGraw

Kathleen Abbott

Anita Barnhart

Don’t let your future be handed to you. The citizen voice matters.


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