Planners to consider request to rezone CW land for residential use

Staff writer

Should a local resident be allowed to purchase a plot of land in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area and build a home on the property? That’s the question the city’s Planning Commission will consider at its next meeting on Wednesday.

Julius Dell is under contract to purchase a 0.2-acre lot at 320 Scotland St. from Colonial Williamsburg with plans to build a single-family home there, according to a memorandum prepared by city staff for the upcoming meeting.

Planning Commission will consider requests to re-subdivide two lots in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area located at 316 and 320 Scotland St., along with an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan re-zoning the lot at 320 Scotland St. from Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area designation to a Single-Family Dwelling District.

If approved, the two lots would be separated into a 10,089-square-foot lot at 320 Scotland St. sought by the Dells, and another at 316 Scotland St. that would be retained by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The lot at 316 Scotland St. would also keep its CW Historic Area designation.

The two grassy lots are located across the street from Matthew Whaley Elementary School.

The city’s current comprehensive plan, which was passed in 2013, states that the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area was established to “preserve, protect and maintain the distinctive character and historic importance of the restored area.”

According to the memo prepared for the meeting, city staff is expected to recommend that Planning Commission approve the requests to re-subdivide and rezone the 0.2-acre lot at 320 Scotland St.

In the memo, Planning and Codes Compliance Director Carolyn Murphy wrote that changing the comprehensive plan designation and rezoning the lot would not be detrimental to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area, and would allow another single-family home to be built downtown, which would complete the streetscape with another home similar to other homes along Scotland Street.

According to a statement submitted to the board by Julius and Suzanne Dell, Colonial Williamsburg first purchased 320 Scotland St. in 1970, and the lot at 316 Scotland St. in 1979 with the goal of providing a “buffer zone” between the end of Scotland Street and the beginning of the Historic Area.

If approved, the proposals will be passed along to City Council for final consideration.

Also at the meeting, the board will consider other requests from Colonial Williamsburg for special-use permits to allow food trucks for its Summer Breeze concert series this summer, and to continue holding the Summer Breeze concert series on the lawn of the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum through 2023.

Want to go?

Where: City Council Chambers, Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.

When: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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