Louisa and Goochland residents express concerns over proposed truck stop in area

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — Officials in Louisa County will soon decide whether the area needs another gas station and truck stop.

Love’s Travel Stop hopes to secure a location in Louisa County in the coming months. According to filings, the potential location for the truck stop and convenience store is off Cross County Road or Route 522 in Gum Spring.

It is a 52-acre tract of land just off Interstate 64 and is just over a mile from the Goochland County border.

The potential project has stirred controversy among area residents, with more than 100 people carrying signs and petition signatures filling the room to share their opinions at a neighborhood meeting Wednesday night.

“I would say most of us here don’t want this, and for very good reason,” shared one person, whose comment drew cheers from the crowd.

Love staff heard concerns from residents of Louisa and Goochland at a neighborhood meeting held Wednesday evening.

The meeting was a requirement for Love’s in the process of applying for a permit.

Louisa County Commission staff gathered feedback from the meeting to provide to the commission before they made a decision.

Love staff said they have held three other community meetings to gather feedback since submitting their application in January 2023.

“We are your neighbors. We are not bringing a group of people from out of state to do this,” said Char Bruner of Love’s.

Some attendees at the meeting were concerned about the impact the additional traffic in the area would have on police and fire services.

They were concerned about the possibility of Louisa County becoming dependent on Goochland County, since Goochland’s agencies are closer to the proposed site.

Others were concerned about the impact on the quality of Louisa’s water supply.

“Can you guarantee with 100% certainty that your travel ban will not affect the quality of my water,” someone said.

Love’s officials answered every question. They deferred to the county to handle law enforcement responses, but said they were obligated to present their plans to first responders, who they said provided only one piece of feedback.

They also cited water studies that show there is enough water in the area to not be compromised, and said robust procedures and precautions are in place to prevent environmental hazards.

“We are held to the standard that the state requires, it is in our best interest to make sure that we are not creating problems with water and that we have water and are not impacting it. We are doing everything we have to do,” Bruner said.

None of those present spoke out in favor of the project.

The majority indicated that they do not believe that this project meets the needs of the community.

“You guys are here for your business. We want your business to be successful, but this is our home, man,” said one community member.

The planning commission will hear the proposed location at its meeting on August 8. The commission can reject, delay or approve the proposal.

If the proposal is adopted, it will go to the Supervisory Board for a final vote.

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