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November 19, 2019

166-home New Baltimore plan back before panel

Transferring density from other property, the proposal would more than double the number of Broad Run Estates lots at Broad Run Church and Riley roads near New Baltimore.
They said I proffered too much. I won’t know what the number is going to be (until meeting with the county staff).
— Planning consultant Chuck Floyd
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A controversial proposal to create a 166-home subdivision near New Baltimore probably will return to Fauquier’s planning commission for a vote next month.

Lakeside Homes LLC seeks rezoning of 112.5 acres at Broad Church and Riley roads from one to four homes per acre.

In September — after a nearly 60-minute public hearing — the commission postponed a vote on the Broad Run Estates’ project for up to 90 days and further study.

The five-member commission next meets Dec. 19. It serves as an advisory panel to the board of supervisors, which has final authority.

Land planning consultant Chuck Floyd, who represents the applicant, wants the commission to forward the project to the supervisors after the December public hearing.

Under that scenario, the supervisors could conduct a Jan. 17 public hearing on the project.

“That’s the hope,” Mr. Floyd said.

The Broad Run Estates proposal would use density from four parcels to create the 166-lot subdivision.

Effectively through the “transfer” of potential home lots, the innovative concept would allow the preservation of most of the undeveloped 73.3-acre Ringwood Farm property along Rogues Road, just outside the New Baltimore Service District.

Ringwood Farm has a maximum 62 potential home lots.

The applicant originally wanted to retain three home lots on Ringwood Farm.

But in an Oct. 7 revision to its application, Lakeside Homes would cut that number to one lot. The balance of the property would be placed under a conservation easement, prohibiting its further subdivision, according to the application.

> Document at bottom of story

The Broad Run Estates site has a “by-right” density of 148 homes.

To help offset the public service impacts of the 18 homes sought in excess of the by-right total, Lakeside Homes LLC has pledged to give Fauquier $664,000, according to the revised application.

That equates to $36,888 for each of the additional lots, the application states.

But, “this proffer would be paid on a per unit basis for each of the (166) units to be constructed at Broad Run Estates, which equates to a $4,000 proffer per lot,” application reads.

The revised application also notes that the $644,888 contribution “exceeds the county’s Capital Facility Impact’s Model for the development of the project.”

But, Mr. Floyd said he recently learned from the county’s community development department staff that a project’s proffers can’t surpass contributions specified by the impact model.

“They said I proffered too much,” Mr. Floyd said. “I won’t know what the number is going to be” until meeting with staff.

So, in an unusual twist, an overly generous applicant will give Fauquier less money than initially offered to ease the effects of new development on public services.

Twenty-four people — all but a couple of them area residents — spoke during the planning commission’s Sept. 19 public hearing on the Broad Run Estates proposal.

Seventeen opposed the project, six supported it, including Mr. Floyd, and one seemed to express no opinion.

Opponents voiced concerns about the project’s potentially negative effects on schools, roads, the existing residential and rural character of the area, the water supply, the environment and taxes.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.

Revised Application SOJ 3rd... by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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Jeannette Griffin · November 21, 2019 at 6:27 am
Move the subdivision to Plains, the more equal citizens should enjoy the urban development too.
Truepat · November 20, 2019 at 6:43 am
It appears the Costco that was defeated twice for New Baltimore would have been less life altering than this fiasco, ok, elected officials, represent your voters....
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