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2007-10-31 / News

Roseland is deferred to Nov. 28 or perhaps later

By Greg Pearson
STAFF WRITER

The Roseland Development Company deferred its rezoning before the board of supervisors last week in hopes of garnering more public support for the mixed-use development it wants to build at the intersection of Route 288 and Woolridge Road.

"We were concerned about perception and want the public to know we're not trying to rush this case past the board," said Dave Anderson, partner and engineer for Roseland.

Roseland has held countless meetings with citizens to explain the 1,395-acre rezoning, which includes 5,140 homes (40 percent multifamily), 400 carriage homes and 1.5 million square feet of office and retail.

Though the case is scheduled before the board on Nov. 28, it could be delayed to January or later. The board has a policy that it will not hear rezonings until a new board is seated unless a majority of the current members is re-elected on Nov. 6. That means Republicans Kelly Miller, Art Warren and Don Sowder would all have to win in their districts.

Roseland is mostly in Matoaca District where there will be a new supervisor because Renny Humphrey is not running for re-election. Bermuda Supervisor Dickie King is also not seeking re-election.

Anderson said Roseland has met with two of the Matoaca supervisor candidates - Independent Marlene Durfee and Republican Mark Tubbs - to explain the rezoning and is trying to set up a meeting with Democrat Bill Hastings in case the rezoning has to be deferred to early next year. A close race is expected among those three candidates with Independent Eli Jones trailing.

The county board is required to vote on the case by next October.

"There are some Chesterfield residents who want more discussions with Roseland," said Humphrey.

During the planning commission public hearing on Oct. 16, residents of Charter Colony objected to the heights of the nearby commercial buildings proposed in Roseland. A few days later, Roseland met with them and agreed to reduce the heights.

Hull Street Road shopping center

Humphrey ran into opposition from her fellow board members on a 178-acre rezoning on Hull Street Road in the northwest quadrant of its intersection with Otterdale Road. She reluctantly deferred the case until Nov. 28 after King, Sowder and Warren said they wouldn't support the rezoning, and Miller wanted the case remanded to the planning commission.

Otterdale Venture, LLC wants to build a 900,000-square-foot shopping center on 107 acres and 642 multifamily units behind it on the remaining 71 acres. The developer has agreed to full cash proffers of $10 million on the residential portion, extending water and sewer to the site and road improvements on the westbound side of Hull Street Road.

But the board majority backed objections from John McCracken, Chesterfield's transportation director, who wanted more road improvements on eastbound Hull Street Road.

"The development will generate 29,000 vehicles a day," emphasized McCracken. "We need more improvements."

McCracken also wanted to delay occupancy permits until the road improvements are made and questioned putting more traffic lights on Hull Street Road.

The planning commission recommended denial of the rezoning on a 3-0 vote with two abstentions. The planning staff wanted the case remanded to the commission.

Meadowville Technology Park

The board unanimously agreed to a compromise worked out between the Economic Development Authority (EDA) and residential neighbors of the Meadowville Technology Park off Route 10 near I-295. The compromise allows a building height increase in Meadowville from 75-feet to 150-feet and reduces the setback along Enon Church Road from 200-feet to 150-feet. Buildings can be no closer than 200-feet from the road.

The changes allow the EDA to better market the 1,235 acres as an office park.

Crump's Store

Donald and Suzanne Rudd received approval to add office, retail and parking on four acres behind Crump's Store, originally built in 1925 at the intersection of Beach and Winterpock roads. Both the commission and planning staff had recommended denial, but no one spoke for or against the case. That intersection is planned for four lanes each way in the future.

Amberleigh

The board approved adding 50 more townhouses and about 50,000 square feet of commercial space on almost 18 acres next to the existing Amberleigh development on Hull Street Road about a mile east of Courthouse Road. Speaking for the homeowners' association, Jim Trent endorsed the rezoning while the planning staff recommended denial because the commercial space doesn't comply with the area plan.

Future residential

The board approved 178 single-family homes on 89 acres on County Line Road near the Powhatan County line. Developer Doug Sowers agreed to proffers of $2.8 million.

"The planning commission was against it because it was originally in the deferred growth area," said development attorney Jim Theobald. A new comprehensive plan has been adopted since the planning commission heard the case. The commission also opposed it because of the lack of infrastructure. The property cannot be developed until water and sewer hookups reach the area.

Matoaca opposition

The board also unanimously approved another Sowers' rezoning on Lacy Farm Road near the Powhatan line. The single-family development of 292 homes was opposed by four speakers during the public hearing. They cited safety concerns about the roads and other infrastructure needs.

Sowers will build part of an east-west connector road through the property and extend the water and sewer lines over three miles to the site. He also agreed to pay proffers of $3.4 million.

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