Poquoson Planning Commission will recommend that the City Council rezone 2.5 acres in the Big Woods on the north side of Victory Boulevard to general commercial, unifying the parcel with five other parcels in the area.
The land, owned by the Economic Development Authority, is currently zoned research and development, and city officials have said unifying the parcels would benefit marketing the property for potential development.
The commission voted 5-0 to recommend rezoning at a meeting Monday evening.
The land in the Big Woods has been a topic of discussion in the City Council, specifically possible uses the city would like to explore. In May, the council considered a resolution that identified desirable development concepts, including a regional sporting goods store, high-tech manufacturing, a medical facility, public-private recreation and a cultural center project. However, the council voted to postpone its vote on naming which specific concepts the EDA would focus on until this month.
The postponement hinged on considering responses to a citywide survey that was conducted in June. The survey asked residents their thoughts on the city's future and some hot topics — such as development, flooding and maintaining a "small-town atmosphere" — to guide the process of updating Poquoson's comprehensive plan.
The full results of the survey are accessible through the planning commission agenda at http://bit.ly/2vvPNzu. The results of the survey begin on page 11 of the document.
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