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Three cases on agenda for Wednesday

Three cases on agenda for Wednesday

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Three cases will be the subject of next week’s Madison County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission joint public hearings.

The first is a request by local dentist Dr. Oscar Vega to create a two-story dental and general office space building on a 2.24 acre parcel zoned B-1 business in the new South Park development adjacent to Food Lion. Vega’s site plan application is the first to be submitted for the development which consists of several parcels over two phases. The property is owned by Heinz Wieland of Lancaster, PA. It’s unknown if Vega will vacate his current office on Main Street for the newly proposed located near Food Lion.

The second case on the agenda is a special use permit application submitted by Judson and Lisa Buchanan to create a primitive campground on 22.4 acres zones A-1 agriculture off Duet Road. The Buchanans, from Arlington, purchased the property approximately 16 years ago and have utilized it personally for camping during the summers and on weekends. Now, the couple wants to open Big Dipper Ranch, as they’ve dubbed it, to visitors. They also plan to relocate to the county, first in a rental and eventually building a home on the property.

The primitive campground will consist of four 12’x14’ Davis sidewall tents on platforms. Each will have its own eco-friendly composting toilet and be rented for $110 per night. It’s estimated each tent will bring in approximately $5,200 in revenue to local businesses per month.

Last on the agenda is an application from the county itself for the construction of a cell tower at Hoover Ridge. The tower, which is proposed at 195’ tall with a four-foot lightning rod, is an integral piece of the county’s communications radio system upgrade for first responders. In addition, there will be space on the tower for five carriers which could result in some revenue recovery through space rentals. The system upgrade is expected to have 95% coverage throughout the county, compared to the current system which offers only 60% coverage.

The joint public hearings will be held Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Volunteer Fire Station at 1223 N. Main Street, Madison. For more information, contact county planner Ligon Webb at 948-7513 or

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