A requested zoning change that would create a 54-acre shopping center site at U.S. 29 and Route 100 will not be heard before comprehensive rezoning of the eastern county is completed, the county Zoning Board decided last week.
In a 5-0 vote Wednesday, the County Council, sitting as the board, rejected a request by developer Robert Moxley to hear the case before the lengthy comprehensive process ends. That process could last until March, planning officials have said.
However, Chairman C. Vernon Gray said the board is likely to consider rezoning the parcel during comprehensive rezoning.
The developer's attorney, David Carney, had argued that the parcel was important to the county's economic development, and deserved individual attention.
In comprehensive rezoning, the county changes regulations to match long-term growth policies.