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May 16, 2017

Vint Hill “village center” hearings begin Thursday

Photo/Vint Hill Village LLC
The plan calls for a 40-acre “village core” and 62 acres of new residential zoning at Vint Hill, the former Army base near New Baltimore.
Public Hearing
• Topic: Comprehensive plan amendment for 102 acres at Vint Hill

• When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18

• Agency: Fauquier County Planning Commission

• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton

• Applicant: Dreamweaver Holding Co. LLC, Vint Hill Enertainment LLC and other entities related to Vint Hill Village LLC.

• Concept: Village center, with 200,000 square feet of commercial space with total of 573 apartments, condos and other dwellings, all of which would require subsequent rezoning.

• Issues: Increased housing, traffic, water/sewer, design.

• Next: After Thursday’s public hearing, the planning commission will defer action until at least Aug. 17 and could hold additional hearings. The commission will make a recommendation to the board of supervisors, which has final authority.
The application to create a “village center” at Vint Hill this week will begin its long journey through public review.

Fauquier’s planning commission Thursday night will conduct the first public hearing on the proposal for mixed-use development at the core of the former Army base near New Baltimore.

Vint Hill Village LLC and related companies seek to rezone 62 acres of the property from industrial to residential use, allowing up to six homes per acre. The application also seeks to designate 40 acres as the “village core.”

Ultimately, Vint Hill seeks as many as 573 new dwellings and 200,000 square feet of commercial space.

First, the developers need a comprehensive plan amendment — the topic of this week’s public hearing.

“There are several outstanding issues with this application,” reads the Fauquier Department of Community Development staff report. “County staff does not believe the amendment has been justified.”

The staff concerns include:

• The proposed residential development increase.

• Increased traffic — estimated at 3,743 weekday vehicle trips from more dwellings. The staff also wants updated traffic projections.

• The increased demand on water and sewer systems.

• Lack of a “market study” of the demand for more housing.

• The lack of “renderings and/or design guidelines.”

To address the concerns, John Foote, Vint Hill’s lawyer, has requested postponement until Aug. 17.

Thursday’s hearing will go forward, however. The planning commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Warren Green Building in downtown Warrenton.

> Staff report and Vint Hill “statement of justification” at bottom of story

Vint Hill Village LLC last year outlined its concept for the village core and the increased residential development that President Ed Moore called critical to the plan’s success.

The Army more than two decades ago closed the “electronic warfare” base and transferred the 700 acres to an economic development authority, tasked with replacing about 2,500 jobs and returning the property to private ownership.

The board of supervisors in 1999 rezoned Vint Hill for “Planned Combined Industrial Development” and “Planned Residential Development,” including 300 single-family homes that got built.

Existing zoning allows another 250 “continuing care units” for senior citizens.

Vint Hill seeks as many as 573 more dwellings, including 260 apartments and condos, primarily above offices and shops in the village core.

Beyond that, the concept calls for another 313 townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes.

But, all of that remains conceptual. The details would get hammered out in a separate rezoning application — with public hearings — if the board of supervisors grants the comprehensive plan amendment.

The planning commission will make its recommendation on the comprehensive plan amendment no sooner than August. The supervisors could make a decision by year’s end.

The Vint Hill Economic Development Authority in 2011 applied to rezone 106 acres for a village center and 27 acres for residential development. But, the application died without any governmental action.

In 2014, Vint Hill Village LLC spent $14 million for 215 acres at the center of the former Army base, which opened as radio transmission monitoring station in 1942.

VH Comp Plan Amendment PC Staff Report 051817 by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Application 2ndsub SOJ by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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citizen observer · May 18, 2017 at 9:48 am
"Trumpville", where did that come from?

Should be called Sorreto City. We gave him almost a trillion dollar bailout for "shovel ready jobs" to fix our ailing infrastructure. Oh that's right, he gave it all to his Wall Street cronies, political allies, and countries shouting "Death to America".

I think this will be a good project if the County can be proactive in arranging to fix the roads in the area to support it before it just gridlocks the area.
BJ · May 18, 2017 at 8:50 am
And it can be renamed "Trumpville".
farmbum · May 18, 2017 at 8:26 am
But...but...but I thought the Vint Hill Service District already offered water/sewer and high speed internet?

As opposed to the Catlett Service District which is still battling the age old failing septic tanks issue.

An no one thinks of making route 28 wider, yet is is getting pressure from both 29 and now 234.
Observer · May 18, 2017 at 6:08 am
citizen observer

>>>On a more serious note I sure hope new roads, a new intersection at Vint Hill and 29, and widening of 29 to handle the increase in traffic is included in the proposal.<<<

While we are joking, I am sure they will do all of that, plus invest heavily in local schools, water, sewage system, help Novec with the grid and of course provide high speed network. All the developers do that, don't they?
citizen observer · May 17, 2017 at 11:12 am
What, no movie theater or bowling alley? These developers need to learn the tricks to manipulate people in their favor!

On a more serious note I sure hope new roads, a new intersection at Vint Hill and 29, and widening of 29 to handle the increase in traffic is included in the proposal.
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