The Vienna Town Council has approved a request to rezone a strip behind the Jades and Vienna Plaza shopping centers on Maple Avenue from residential to transitional use.
The council Monday voted 6 to 1 for the zoning change, which will allow construction of three two-story office buildings on a 40-foot right-of-way behind the stores.
In June, the council denied a Jades Enterprises request for commercial zoning of the vacant site. The new transitional zoning allows for a buffer area between residential and commerical property, according to town officials.
The zoning change was opposed by members of the Malcolm-Windover Heights Civic Association, who argued that the office buildings would generate heavy traffic on surrounding streets.
In their meeting Monday the council also asked Town Attorney John Gionfriddo to rewrite a proposed ordinance to prohibit large commercial vehicles such as tow trucks from parking on residential streets.
The proposal, which is supported by residents but opposed by local truck drivers, has been debated by the council for several months. Gionfriddo has been asked to revise the ordinance so it is less restrictive about what types of trucks may be parked, according to Town Clerk Marian Sellers. She said the council will reconsider the matter in January.