CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Developers of a planned 27-acre resort near Harpers Ferry will have to get permission to bypass a requirement for a 500-foot buffer along the Potomac River for their project to proceed, a county planning office spokeswoman said Tuesday.
A neighborhood compatibility hearing was scheduled for the Rattling Springs Resort today at 10 a.m., but it was canceled because two variances, including one allowing the developers to bypass the buffer requirement, are needed before the hearing is held, said Shannon Hayden, an administrative staff spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Department of Planning, Zoning and Engineering.
Developers will have to get a variance from the county's 500-foot river buffer requirement because plans submitted for Rattling Springs did not call for the buffer, Hayden said.
Permission to bypass the river buffer requirement would have to come from the county's Zoning Board of Appeals, Hayden said. If developers are unsuccessful in getting the variance, the project cannot proceed, Hayden.