Woodstock, Va., Council Keeps Carwash Ordinance

Woodstock, Va., is keeping its carwash regulations as is, including a rule requiring all carwashes to obtain a special-use permit. 

After Sheetz looked to bypass the ordinance in order to add a carwash to its c-store in Woodstock, the Town Council’s ordinance committee had a vigorous debate between panels on the topic, and in the end left the 1960’s ordinance in place, The Northern Virginia Daily reported. The ordinance requires car washes to have stacking lanes (which must accommodate 10 vehicles in line) and the building must sit at least 75 feet from the property line.

The two-acres the Sheetz in question occupies backs up to railroad tracks, and does not allow enough room for a car wash under the current regulations.

The council was considering changes to the restrictions or allowing the council to consider the above factors on a case-by-case basis, but some felt this was unfair to existing operators who already complied with the rules.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz said it does not plan to pursue further action by the Town Council.




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