Smithfield Planners OK Wawa

Published 4:34 pm Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Smithfield’s Planning Commission made no objections on Nov. 9 to a proposed Wawa gas station and convenience store at the corner of Benns Church Boulevard and Turner Drive.

Isle of Wight County’s Community Development office had received paperwork from the engineering firm Kimley Horn requesting a conditional use permit on behalf of Miami-based Frontier Development on Oct. 25. Since the proposed site, which will be located near Smithfield High School, falls within one mile of the town’s limits, the county will take any comments from town officials into consideration when they review it.

The only recommendation Smithfield’s Planning Commission made concerned the site’s proposed entrance off Turner Drive.

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The plans currently call for an access road off Turner Drive that becomes part of the proposed Wawa’s parking lot. Commissioner Dr. Thomas Pope asked that the county consider recommending that this access be pushed further back, creating more of an access road alongside the property that other potential businesses looking to front along Turner Drive could use.

Pope said he predicts more businesses will be “trying to stack up along that corridor” in the future.

Smithfield’s Planning Commission took no formal vote on the matter.

The plans will next head to Isle of Wight’s Planning Commission for a formal vote.