Afton Dental Clinic Receives Rezoning and Permit to Expand Building | Recent news

An Afton dental clinic has received zoning approval from Nelson County to expand its building with an addition.

Azul Family Dentistry on Critzers Shop Road in Afton obtained a rezoning and special use permit for the building addition at the January 11 meeting of the Nelson County Board of Supervisors.

The one-acre property is now rezoned from Residential (R-1) to Agricultural (A-1). The parcel is contiguous by R-1 and A1 zoning and the area is mixed-use in nature with a combination of agricultural, residential and commercial uses, depending on the county. The structure has been used as a dental practice since the late 1970s.

Since it is located in the R-1 neighborhood where office uses are not permitted, the dental office is considered an unzoned use, said Dylan Bishop, director of planning and zoning. With the passage of the county’s revised non-conforming ordinance in March 2021, it became prohibited to extend non-conforming use, which triggered the application for rezoning and special use permits, according to Bishop.

The proposed addition will be used as more office space for the dental clinic. The expansion is more than 50% of the existing building and is not permitted by law in current zoning, according to county documents.

Also during the meeting, council approved a rezoning and special use permit that allows a restaurant at The Farmhouse at Veritas.

The 28-acre site at 72 Saddleback Farm in Afton is rezoned from Residential (R-1) to Agricultural (A-1) and the permit allows The Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast food service facility to be accessible to the public like a restaurant.

The bed and breakfast is operated by right of use. The plaintiffs have recently upgraded the kitchen and are opening the existing restaurant to the public. The property located in the R-1 zoning is currently used as a vineyard.

George Hodson, general manager of Veritas Vineyards, told the Nelson County Planning Commission review in December that he estimated about 10-15% more traffic from zoning measures.

The area has a combination of agricultural, residential, and commercial uses along Virginia 151.

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