Next step approved in townhouse development

May 27, 2018 by  

The Williamsburg Planning Commission has recommended the city council approve a request for a zoning change. The request was made by Holly Hills LLC, which wants to build 38 new townhomes on 6.8 acres on Brookwood Drive.

The developers’ request would remove proffers that were put on the parcel in 2008, in Williamsburg’s comprehensive plan. Proffers are voluntary offers made by a landowner to donate land, contribute money, or perform some sort of act to help mitigate the impact of new developments arising from a change in zoning. The original plan limited the number of homes that could be built at the Brookwood site to 20. The zoning change would let Holly Hills build as many as eight homes per acre.

If the city council approves the change, the new townhouses would be built near the Holly Hills Carriage Homes and Route 199. Once approved, proffers on the project would require Holly Hills, LLC, to pay the city $60,000 to reimburse it for building a sidewalk connecting Jamestown Road to the Holly Hills Carriage Homes.

Attorney Daniel Quarles, who represents the developer, notes that the current zoning, RM-1, would ordinarily allow the construction Holly Hills wants to pursue. The only obstacle to the plan is the proffers, which were put in place in 2008. Quarles says when compared to Williamsburg’s current plan, they are outdated.

Issues like this are important, so officials might consider working with a flyer printing company to create an update letter for area residents.