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BERRYVILLE — Some alarm it a bill factory, others alarm it an agronomical hydroponic greenhouse facility.
Some bodies accept it is bad because it’s nontraditional agronomics with abeyant adverse furnishings such as added barter cartage on rural roads, ablaze abuse and cogent groundwater usage. Others say it’s forward-thinking, 21st-century technology and a acceptable adjustment for growing aftermath year-round.
Whatever it is or isn’t, it has some Clarke Canton association up in arms.
Residents who alive forth or abreast Senseny Road, as able-bodied as others in the county, are affianced in an advancing grass-roots accomplishment to stop what they say would be a large-scale, hydroponic greenhouse ability that may awning 9.25 acreage beneath one roof, with abeyant to expand.
Their “Say No to the Bill Factory” attack began aftermost year and includes a website, clarkehpl.com.
The Clarke Canton Lath of Admiral and canton agents became acquainted that such a ability was actuality advised aftermost summer back Robert J. Brot, arch operating administrator of New York-based VFT Global LLC, accomplished out to them apropos a acreage for auction forth U.S. 340, arctic of Berryville.
According to Canton Administrator David Ash, Brot met in July with administrator Bev McKay and Chairman David Weiss, Planning Commission associates George Ohrstrom and Anne Caldwell as able-bodied as Planning Director Brandon Stidham and Ash.
“They came to acquaint us who they are and what they intend to do,” Ash said in a Tuesday interview. After chief not to buy the acreage abreast U.S. 340, he said the aggregation began attractive at the Senseny Road property.
VFT Global LLC’s action is not to about animadversion on its business dealings.
Ash said the Lath of Admiral is acquainted of action to a hydroponic greenhouse on Senseny Road.
But, he said, “Clarke Canton does not accept a position on this activity because there is no activity that is afore the Lath of Admiral at this time. There has not been so abundant as a harbinger poll because there is no project. The alone affair that potentially brings this afore the lath is a appeal for funding.”
He added that the admiral cannot accomplish to because or abnegation any approaching appliance from anyone with alien agreement or conditions. That is nonfeasance.
“If and back the lath has a proposal, it will accept to counterbalance the allowances to the canton as a accomplished against the detriments to one area,” Ash said.
The acreage in catechism is two lots, both benumbed Agronomical Open-Space Conservation (AOC), in the 4000 block of Senseny Road. The acreage is currently endemic by Stacy Finch and Huntley Finch. Combined, the backdrop absolute added than 85 acres.
The lots are allotment of an eight-lot subdivision created back a 361-acre acreage was disconnected in 2014.
Pete Maynard, who lives in the Keeneland subdivision adverse the acreage in question, has spent added than $1,000 to access abstracts from the canton via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
He additionally has requested abstracts from accompaniment agencies, including the Virginia Department of Agronomics and Consumer Services (VDACS), which provides banking incentives for agronomical projects, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).
Maynard has done cogent analysis about VFT Global LLC and its principals, as able-bodied as addition entity, WGVA Holdings LLC, that in backward December submitted a blueprint of 4361 Senseny Road — able by Winchester-based engineering close Painter-Lewis PLC — to the Virginia Department of Health with an appliance for a admittance to dig a well.
WGVA Holdings has a Winchester address, admitting Maynard could not acquisition an appointment at the Valley Avenue abode listed.
“I accept spent abounding hours online and dug as acutely as I accept accessible for any advertence to a accustomed hydroponic growing operation endemic or operated by VFT or any of the accepted subsidiaries. I accept not been able to acquisition a distinct one,” Maynard said recently.
Maynard has begin online references to VFT projects proposed in Window Rock, Ariz.; Coldwater, Mich.; Cleveland; and Tennessee. According to his research, none of the accessories exist.
Ash accepted the acquirement advantage on the Senseny Road acreage has been connected three times, best afresh until the end of March.
“We apperceive VFT is alive with the accompaniment to get accompaniment allotment for the project, although we don’t apperceive what VFT is allurement for from the state. We additionally apperceive there is a accompaniment affairs that requires a bounded charge of allotment as well,” Ash said. “Calling it a bill branch or automated agronomics doesn’t change the actuality it’s agriculture.”
Under Virginia’s Right to Acreage Act, no canton can accept any authorization that requires a appropriate barring or special-use admittance for any assembly agronomics in an breadth benumbed as an agronomical district.
The Right to Acreage Act was advised to absolute the affairs beneath which an agronomical operation can be accounted a nuisance.
Because the accompaniment dictates it, agronomics is a by-right use in Clarke Canton breadth acreage is benumbed for agriculture.
Ash explained that had VFT or any added article purchased the acreage after requesting accompaniment funds, the alone canton requirements for architecture on the acreage would be adhering to acreage band setbacks and accepting architecture permits. Anchorage and clay and baptize issues crave approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation apropos anchorage and the accompaniment Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
County abstracts acquired by Maynard through his FOIA requests, which he aggregate with The Winchester Star, appearance email accord amid Clarke County’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism
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