A Prince William County planning body unanimously rejected Wednesday a proposal from a rural-area business to expand its mulching operation, which had drawn neighborhood opposition and environmental scrutiny.
The bid by JK Enterprise Landscape Supply to expand its mulching operation off Farmview Road in Nokesville doesn’t seem to be controversial on its face. The company’s Madera Farm site houses a mulching and landscaping operation and its owner, Jake Klitenic, had asked for special permission from the county to buy new machines and expand the operation.
The Planning Commission, an advisory panel to the Board of County Supervisors, rejected the proposal on a number of grounds, siding with worried neighbors. Commissioner Ronald Burgess (Brentsville) said that “the clock has run out” on the proposal in denying an extension as well as rejecting the project.
“You can put all the makeup you want on this … it remains an industrial operation” in a rural area, Burgess said. Industrial trucks and machines just off congested Route 28 is a bad idea, he and others said.