Conditional Use Permit Request: Boxwood

Conditional Use Permit Request: Boxwood 2CUP 22-0002-Conditional Use Permit request for a Fine Arts Studio use in RR-1 Rural Residential 1 zoning district at 1513 Boxwood Drive (Tax Map No. 224-A 24) by Jonathan Rugh (owner).

The Blacksburg Planning and Building Department has received a request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow a Fine Arts Studio use at an existing single family home on 1.382 acres in the RR-1 zoning district at 1513 Boxwood Drive.

The owner/applicant plans to build a 700 square foot building on his property to craft specialty wooden paddles for kayaks and other water sports.  600 square feet of the building will be dedicated to the workshop area and approximately 100 square feet will be used as a storage room.  The building will approximate the look of the existing residence on the property.  The building will be 35’ from the existing drainage easement and a minimum of 70’ from all other property lines.  The applicant will not have employees nor will there be customers coming to the property.  All finished paddles will be shipped via USPS or other means or picked up by the customer off site.

Because a Fine Arts Studio is not an allowed by-right use in the RR-1 zoning district, this conditional use permit request has been made.

The Future Land Use designation in the Comprehensive Plan is Very Low Density Residential.

The applicant has requested a special exception to Section 4564 (b) (11) of the Town of Blacksburg Use and Design standards that state that parking must be behind the front building line.  The applicant does not anticipate the need for any parking other than that used by the residents of the main structure who will continue to use the existing driveway.

The applicant for the conditional use permit request has also made a request to Town Council to expedite this request.  The expedited schedule is shown below.

Neighborhood MeetingThursday, May 5, 2022, 6:30 pm in the Blacksburg Motor Company Building large conference room, 400 South Main St.

Planning Commission Public Hearing: Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 2022, 6:30 pm in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, 2nd Floor Municipal Building, 300 South Main St.

Town Council Public Hearing: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 6:30 pm in the Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, 2nd Floor Municipal Building, 300 South Main St.