Louisa May See More Industrial Development

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

January 12, 2006

Louisa County may be seeing more train traffic after the Planning Commission meeting.

The Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to recommend a new Industrial Rail Park--which they hope will bring in more jobs. But some neighbors are just sick of the growth in general.

"They've got all kinds of buildings over there that's empty. They need those buildings to be filled up over there. We don't need no more park here, that's all I've got to say," one resident said and walked away from the podium.

People's concerns stretched from environmental impact, especially on sewage and drainage to traffic.

"The train traffic and truck traffic, which there will be more is all going to go through both towns," said Linda Hubbard a property owner in the area.

But the proponents see it bringing new jobs to the region--the applicants estimate 2,000 new jobs in the next 30 years.

"It's an opportunity to bring some growth, some economic growth to Louisa County, some job opportunities, and some quality economic development," said Randy Tingler of the Cooke Industrial Rail Park Project.

The 800 acre Park is planned to sit between the Louisa and Mineral growth areas, just off Rt. 22. The main goal is to provide space for Industrial use sights by bringing in rail traffic and cutting down on truck traffic.

Every rail car is equivalent to 4 truck loads, but neighbors are still concerned about long trains tying up roadways and trucks in the Industrial Park.

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors will review the recommendation and discuss the issue in February.

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