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Hearing set for cell tower on Guinea Station Road

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

MILFORD – The Caroline County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a request for a special exception permit to erect a cellular telephone tower at a site off Guinea Station Road in Woodford.

The hearing will be held at the commission’s regular Feb. meeting, at which time it also will hold a public hearing on a request by Quarles Petroleum to remove a proffer pertaining to property the company owns at Jefferson Davis Highway and Ladysmith Road in Ruther Glen.

The permit for the 199-foot tower is being sought for a site of slightly less than 1 acre near 8308 Guinea Station Road. It is a vacant wooded lot and pasture with the exception of some out buildings.     The property is zoned rural preservation.

The property is owned by Christopher and Lynda Benden, who live nearby on Guinea Station Road. The applicant for the permit is Verizon Wireless.

The application generated little discussion at the commission’s regular work session Feb. 6. Representatives for Verizon and a consulting firm indicated that, if the permit is approved, the tower may be constructed and operational in 2014.

Quarles Petroleum is seeking to remove a proffer that will allow it to modify the terrain of its property in order to make it more attractive and marketable, explained Craig McBride, an engineer for the Fredericksburg company. The 5.6-acre site is zoned B-1.

The site “doesn’t have a lot of eye appeal” because of a dirt mound the company wants to level, he said. The company also will make other improvements and add landscaping.

The commission also received information on potential zoning ordinance amendments to allow adult day care facilities as temporary health care structures.

The panel began initial consideration of the latter last year. The structures, dubbed “granny pods,” would provide temporary, independent housing for a family member who requires care.