AC44 Phase 2: Rural Interstate Interchanges

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Some businesses, including certain light industrial uses, warehousing/distribution, and agribusinesses or food processing/distribution, require access to an interstate highway. Updating Comp Plan recommendations to allow non-residential development at some rural interstate interchanges could provide spaces for new or expanding businesses and make efficient use of land and infrastructure by concentrating these uses adjacent to the interstate. 

The current Comprehensive Plan identifies four rural interstate interchanges: 

  • Yancey Mills/Exit 107
  • Ivy/Exit 114
  • Black Cat Road/Exit 129, and
  • Shadwell/Exit 124 (southern portion outside Development Areas)

The current Comprehensive Plan recommends this approach to land use at rural interstate interchanges:

  • Encourage by-right uses in the Rural Area zoning district (including agriculture/forestry uses) and uses that support ag/forestry
  • Consider uses allowed by Special Use Permit in the Rural Area zoning district, depending on size, scale, visibility, function, and transportation impacts

Read more in the in-depth topic report.

Yancey Mills and Ivy Rural Interchanges
Shadwell and Black Cat Road Rural Interchanges
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Some businesses, including certain light industrial uses, warehousing/distribution, and agribusinesses or food processing/distribution, require access to an interstate highway. Updating Comp Plan recommendations to allow non-residential development at some rural interstate interchanges could provide spaces for new or expanding businesses and make efficient use of land and infrastructure by concentrating these uses adjacent to the interstate. 

The current Comprehensive Plan identifies four rural interstate interchanges: 

  • Yancey Mills/Exit 107
  • Ivy/Exit 114
  • Black Cat Road/Exit 129, and
  • Shadwell/Exit 124 (southern portion outside Development Areas)

The current Comprehensive Plan recommends this approach to land use at rural interstate interchanges:

  • Encourage by-right uses in the Rural Area zoning district (including agriculture/forestry uses) and uses that support ag/forestry
  • Consider uses allowed by Special Use Permit in the Rural Area zoning district, depending on size, scale, visibility, function, and transportation impacts

Read more in the in-depth topic report.

Yancey Mills and Ivy Rural Interchanges
Shadwell and Black Cat Road Rural Interchanges
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    Updated recommendations for rural interstate interchanges are being considered with the Comp Plan update as some businesses, including certain light industrial uses, warehousing/distribution, and agribusinesses or food processing/distribution, require access to an interstate. Additionally, some of these businesses may not be suitable for the walkable and compact development that is expected within the Development Areas. These include some of the businesses identified by the Comp Plan and the County’s economic strategic plan (Project ENABLE) as target industries for economic development. Community input is needed on whether there should be no or minimal changes made to the current Comp Plan recommendations, or whether updates should be made for recommended land uses at some rural interstate interchanges.

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