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Still no decision on Amazon data center proposal in Virginia’s King George county

Virginia, (Qnnflash) – A significant data center proposal covering 7.5 million sq ft in Virginia’s King George County remains pending approval, despite an extensive seven-and-a-half-hour County meeting. Birchwood Power Partners aims to establish an expansive 869-acre data center complex, intended for Amazon’s utilization within the county. The proposal encompasses multiple aspects, including rezoning agricultural land parcels to industrial use, altering the Comprehensive Plan, and expanding light industrial development boundaries to encompass land adjacent to the Rappahannock River.

During a Tuesday evening gathering, members of the King George Board of Supervisors convened to deliberate on the project, with discussions extending into the early morning hours without reaching a definitive conclusion.

Reports from the Free Lance-Star indicate that the meeting was so well-attended that certain attendees had to listen from the hallway.

The primary outcome of the meeting appears to be the county’s current unpreparedness to grant approval for the development.

Supervisor Cathy Binder suggested to Birchwood’s attorney, Charlie Payne, that the company should organize a town hall event, providing an avenue for residents to voice their inquiries regarding the proposed development.

Another Supervisor, T. C. Collins, identified a discrepancy with the revenue projections presented by Birchwood. The projections indicated that every million sq ft of data center space would generate $19.5 million in taxes for the county. Collins pointed out that this estimate was approximately $2.3 million higher than the county’s existing tax rates would support.

Residents also raised questions concerning the potential utilization of the data centers by the federal government, which could potentially result in tax exemptions, and how this might impact the county’s revenue.

Additional concerns were expressed regarding the potential implications of the data center development on farmland, water resources, and the region’s rural way of life.

Former Supervisor Jeff Bueche, however, reminded attendees that the county had deliberately established low tax rates for data centers with a specific purpose in mind. “It’s not that they’re seeking to come to King George, we actively pursued this development for King George. This holds paramount significance for future economic growth.”

The King George Board of Supervisors holds meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, signifying that the next opportunity for further discussions won’t arise until September 5th.

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