Two new car dealerships could be coming to Leesburg.
Brown’s Automotive Group has applied for land use permits to develop a 23.84-acre site—18 acres of which lie inside the town limits—for two auto dealerships. The property is between the Village at Leesburg and the Lowe’s store under construction along East Market Street. The Lowe’s site had previously been eyed for the development of car dealerships.
But before Brown’s can begin construction it has several approvals to procure. The applicant was recently before the Planning Commission, where the panel gave a thumbs-down to two required Town Plan amendments related to the development.
One proposed amendment to the Town Plan’s land use designation would allow new auto dealerships south of Rt. 7. The other seeks a change to the plan’s Roadway Network Policy Map to eliminate the segment of Keystone Drive from south of Russell Branch Parkway to Trailview Boulevard across Tuscarora Creek. Both VDOT and town Transportation Engineer Calvin Grow have concluded that this segment of Keystone Drive “is no longer necessary for the efficiency of the planned road network,” according to a staff report.
The need to secure approvals of Town Plan amendments from the Planning Commission prior to a rezoning is a new policy enacted by the Town Council at the request of the commission last year. According to Brian Boucher, deputy director of the Planning and Zoning Department, the Brown’s application is the first to experience this change.
If and when the Town Plan amendments are resolved, Brown’s will need to seek approval for a rezoning of the site of the proposed dealerships from I-1 to B-3, as well as secure special exception permits to allow the dealerships.