I have heard from a few other residents who live in the Shenandoah Retreat.
The Shenandoah Retreat Land Corporation (SRLC) is the entity that originally owned the land until it was auctioned off in the mid 80′s to satisfy their bankruptcy. The three or four other companies who have been involved since then have put a lot of money into sculpting the berms and swales on what was a pretty flat floodplain of a golf course from the 1950s to the mid-80s.
The SRLC had negotiated recorded easements for the landowners of the retreat to have access to the old ‘beach’ area and another area down below the end of Beechwood Lane. These easements were for reasonable access at all times.
One huge issue raised is how the general public who would use the park as a family picnic area or recreational fishing or boating area. How could they be accommodated? Issues with trash, noisy parties, unruly visitors, possible fire issues in the densely forested hills are some of the possible issues.
If the plan is to restore the battlefield to the original condition of the battle, that would be an agricultural system of plowed fields, crops, hay, corn, wheat, rye, hemp, all of the traditional Shenandoah Valley Breadbasket of the Confederacy products. The river was also used for transporting boats of products from up the Valley as far south as Harrisonburg and Staunton north to Harpers Ferry.
While I have not made up my mind as to what the final decision should be, all the possibilities should be discussed and the relative merits and concerns brought out for public discussion.
If this does not happen as proposed, what then happens to the golf course property? Is there a possibility for development in the flood plain? Are there Dwelling Unit Rights available? What other uses could be investigated?
I appreciate the opportunity Mr. Hobert and the Board of Supervisors made for our concerns to be heard and look forward to participating in the debate in the coming weeks. Let me know what you think.
I believe Mr. Hobert was meeting with the Shenandoah Retreat Land Corporation board Tuesday night. The board represents the shareholders of the SRLC and the water system and septic systems that they control, but they don’t necessarily speak for all the residents.
The more informed input we get, the better the information is validated and communicated, the better we will be able to make a decision for the benefit of the community.
Mr. Lukens is a resident of Shenandoah Retreat in Clarke County, Virginia