Va. Development With RV Park May Survive
A project in Opal, Va., involving a 175-space RV park managed to survive opposition after changes to other parts of the development managed to address some of the concerns raised against it.
In May, the unusual, 100-acre “Opal Gateway” development proposal seemed doomed, Fauquier Now reported.
The Fauquier County Planning Commission voted, 5-0, to recommend the board of supervisors deny the project.
The proposed mix of medical offices, a 100-room hotel, stores, “flex” buildings, a truck stop, two restaurants and an RV park would erase traffic flow improvements from the new, $45-million Opal interchange, a state transportation official testified.
Thursday’s developments (Nov. 14), however, gave the project new life — and a potential path to approval.
Bowing to neighbors’ concerns, McLean pediatric cardiologist Hasan Abdallah, who owns the land along Route 17 south of Opal, already had deleted the proposed truck stop from his plan in September.
Last week, Dr. Abdallah dramatically reduced the amount of commercial zoning sought and eliminated the industrial component.
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