Carrollton Royal Farms approved

Published 4:08 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Isle of Wight County supervisors gave final approval on Aug. 18 to a proposed Royal Farms gas station in Carrollton.

The 12-pump station, convenience store and drive-thru car wash is planned for one of several commercial parcels in The Crossings development along Carrollton Boulevard.

The development broke ground last year on its main access road, to be named Spadea Way, and an adjacent residential phase that, once complete, will include up to 240 condominium units.

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Royal Farms’ site plans call for access from Lori Anne Way, a new road that would connect to Spadea and provide right-turn-in, right-turn-out access onto Carrollton Boulevard.

While the car wash was already a permitted use, Royal Farms had sought a conditional use permit for the gas station and convenience store, which the supervisors approved unanimously.

Prior to the vote, the supervisors held a public hearing, drawing Carrollton resident Tom Finderson as its sole speaker.

Finderson urged the supervisors and developers to consider adding electric vehicle charging stations to the site. In June, Exxon Mobile Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods predicted in a CNBC interview that every new passenger car sold in the world would be electric by 2040.

But according to Randy Royal, a principal of the Kimley-Horn engineering firm working with Royal Farms on the project, the demand isn’t there yet.

At other Royal Farms gas stations where electric vehicle charging stations have been installed, “nobody is using them,” Royal told supervisors. “You charge them at home. … You don’t generally stay an hour at a convenience store.”

The supervisors’ approval is conditioned on Royal Farms planting a landscaped buffer to shield the car wash from view of Carrollton Boulevard.