By Barbara Bent

The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors Monday approved zoning changes and a special exception permit  for a planned expansion at Kendal of Lexington. But that’s only the first step for the non-profit retirement community.

The permit includes a proposal to build an emergency road as well as renovations to buildings located in the county. Because the facility’s 84 acres are divided between Lexington city and the county, Kendal must get City Council’s approval for the more important — and controversial — part of its expansion: adding 38 independent living cottages.  Many of Kendal’s neighbors have expressed concerns that the additional cottages will restrict their views.

Lexington’s Planning Commission voted 3-3 in early November on Kendal’s expansion request, leaving the decision to City Council.

The issue is not on the agenda for the Dec. 1 council meeting and could be postponed until next month for consideration. A new mayor and council will take office Jan. 1.

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