Patriot Ridge Permit

Published 4:42 pm Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CUMBERLAND – The Patriot Ridge Shopping Center passed another hurdle in the process of becoming a reality last week in Cumberland County.

The development's conditional use permit and boundary line adjustment request were both approved and passed on to the Board of Supervisors for review by the Planning Commission.

Once a reality, the shopping center would be the first in the rural county.

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It is proposed for property located on the north side of Route 60 at its intersection with Criss Road (Route 669) within the County's designated growth area.

The conditional use permit runs concurrent with the rezoning application, noted Bret Schardein, Cumberland's new planning director to the Commission, and allows the applicants to actually develop and operate the shopping center.

Rezoning Public Hearing

The Commission and Board of Supervisors approved the original rezoning for this project in 2008 and this boundary line adjustment rezoning is to accommodate the “needs of a potential retail tenant,” noted Schardein.

After the explanation, the Commission opened the public hearing and there were no speakers to address the requested rezoning of the property.

According to the applicant's request, the initial 20 acres were previously rezoned from agriculture to business, but there were ten acres left agricultural in the back of the property.

“The line dividing these two parcels needs adjusted-not increasing the B-1 area in size, just re-aligning the division,” noted Cliff White, the manager representing Patriots Enterprises LLC, in the application.

Patriots Enterprises LLC also consists of Rebecca Simpson, Debra Merriden, David Patteson, and Charlie McKay, according to the application.

Afterward, a resolution recommendation was approved unanimously for the rezoning application and passed on to the Board of Supervisors for consideration at its July 12 meeting.

Conditional Use Permit

The reason for the conditional use permit is the applicants wish to construct a shopping center on the rezoned 20 acres at the intersection of Criss Road and Route 60 in the growth area of Cumberland.

“Staff has reviewed the conditional use permit application and finds that it addresses the requirements of the zoning ordinance,” said Schardein.

It was also noted that the original conditions from the rezoning approval in 2008 would run with this conditional use permit.

After the presentation, Chairman Parker Wheeler opened the public hearing and there were no speakers and the hearing was closed.

The Commission then approved the resolution recommendation for the conditional use permit application for Patriot Ridge.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its own public hearing on July 12.