February 3, 2021
Bealeton age-restricted proposal features 151 homes
The conceptual layout for Schoolhouse Manor clusters 151 homes on about one-quarter of the 108-acre site just south of Schoolhouse Road. Cedar Lee Middle School stands just northeast of the site.
The proposal includes 85 detached, single-family homes.
The developer proposes 66 attached “villas.”
The dialogue is always open, in our minds, as we work through this project with the community in trying to get it to an approval status or a favorable point.
— Schoolhouse Manor consultant Chuck Floyd
• What: Rezoning application to create a 151-home seniors-only subdivision on 108.2 acres along Schoolhouse Road at Bealeton.
• Applicant: Devin T. Finan, Schoolhouse Road LLC.
• Property owners: Charles K. and Joan E. Jamerson; Linda L. and William A. Long Jr.; Palani Rathinasamy Living Trust.
• Zoning: Comprising four parcels, the property has residential, industrial and a small amount of rural zoning; the rezoning seeks to create 117 new home lots; the property has 34 “by-right” home lots.
• Details: Proposal calls for 85 single-family and 66 attached “villas” clustered on 26.7 acres; rest of would preserved as permanent open space; proposed amenities include “extensive trail network,” pavilion, a green space and a “community” garden area; home prices would range from $200,000 to $300,000.
Southern Fauquier could get a 151-home seniors-only community.
The 108.2-acre Schoolhouse Manor proposal at Bealeton calls for 85 single-family homes, 66 attached “villas” (condos), an “extensive trail network,” pavilion, green space and “community” garden area.
Homes would be clustered on 26.7 acres, with the balance of the site preserved as permanent open space, according applicant Schoolhouse Manor LLC.
The property along Schoolhouse Road contains quarter- and one-acre residential, industrial zoning, along with less than an acre of rural zoning.
The applicant seeks a rezoning to create 117 new home lots; the proposed site has zoning for 34 “by-right” home lots.
In mid-January, the applicant’s representative Chuck Floyd mailed a project summary, concept plan and architectural renderings for the age-55-and-over proposal to about 300 homeowners who live next to or near the proposed site.
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Two subdivisions — Meadfield to the east and Crestwood Knolls to the west — border the proposed site.
As of Wednesday, Mr. Floyd had received 14 emails and two phone calls from neighbors who voiced various concerns about the project’s potentially negative impacts, including:
• Increased traffic, speeding and unsafe pedestrian conditions.
• Additional demands on public safety services, the parks and recreation department and the area’s public water system.
• Runoff from the project that might flood their properties.
He and the applicant continue to work on a proposal for cash donations to county government to help offset the project’s infrastructure impacts, Mr. Floyd said.
“We’re still figuring that out,” he said of a proffer package. “We expect there will some impacts to parks and recreation, fire and rescue, the sheriff’s office.”
The Schoolhouse Manor concept would convert Crestwood Knolls’ Pitcher Court into a street to that would connect the subdivision the project site.
Some Crestwood Knolls residents object to such a link because it would result in unwanted through traffic and damage the subdivision’s streets.
One writer also doubted whether the 55-and-over restriction could be enforced.
“We sent out the mailings because in these (COVID-19) times we couldn’t have a community meeting right now,” Mr. Floyd said. “We welcome any comments, concerns, letters from the community about the project.”
He added: “The dialogue is always open, in our minds, as we work through this project with the community in trying to get it to an approval status or a favorable point . . . . We want to make sure that the project is the best that it can be, and it’s developed in accordance with the county’s comprehensive plan.”
The rezoning review process requires a public hearing before the county planning commission — a five-member advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority.
The supervisors also conduct public hearings on rezoning applications before acting.
Mr. Floyd hopes the public hearing process will start in the spring.
County Supervisor Chris Butler’s Lee District includes Bealeton.
While Mr. Butler backs the “concept” of age-restricted communities, he wants feedback from neighbors about the Schoolhouse Manor project.
“I don't expect a huge impact to schools,” the supervisor wrote in an email. “Some letters have come in from those nearby. Some of the major concerns so far are traffic impacts to Schoolhouse Road and Route 28 and stormwater” impacts to their properties.
Mr. Butler also noted citizen concerns about the project’s potential impacts on fire and rescue services.
He has urged the community development staff to work with the applicant to address such matters, the supervisor said.
The Schoolhouse Manor project would help satisfy a growing market demand because “there are little to no age-restricted (ownership) options within Fauquier County,” Mr. Floyd said.
Just north of the proposed site, the Mintbrook Senior Apartments at Bealeton has 80 one- and two-bedroom units. Income restrictions apply to some or all residents.
Schoolhouse Manor home prices would range from $200,000 to $300,000, Mr. Floyd said.
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Savefauquiercounty2019 · February 4, 2021 at 8:56 pm
200 to 300.000 is not affordable housing for seniors on a fixed income. Leaders, where are your scruples? The average senior brings in $1400 a month from social security and now has to pay up to $7700 out of pocket annual medical costs a year not including their premiums or prescriptions. AFFORDABLE housing is needed in the community. Get out of town with this builder and their costs. And the next time you approve an assisted living facility to build in Fauquier County, YOU say no not unless they have affordable living for seniors on a fixed income. They can do a sliding scale. But no more of your malarkey.
stadlerm · February 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm
I wrote to Mr. Butler, Mr. Meadows, and Mr. Shellenberger expressing my concern for establishing another subdivision in this area, as I live on Rt. 661 (Schoolhouse Rd.). This will put too much traffic on Rt. 661, which has a lot of traffic already. They have yet to respond to my email from 1/20/2021. I know there's a lot of money involved here that I hope the people I wrote to are not influenced by. This is not good or needed. They are ruining a rural environment, which is what we loved about this area when we moved in 32 years ago.
RDWJR · February 4, 2021 at 12:34 am
Mine was one of the 14 emails to Chuck Floyd. I pointed out that the Mintbrook community builder has yet to fulfill their obligation to the county for additional commercial pad sites that would usher in new businesses such as a new grocery store - something Bealeton is in desperate need of. Furthermore I pointed out that, while the new Sheetz convenience store is a nice upgrade to the community, it only adds to the 2 other gas stations located at the same intersection where I might buy the same octane gas at equal prices. I do NOT want Bealeton to become another Manassas, lined with strip malls full unwanted, low-end shops. We want smarter, BENEFICIAL options for our community, and squeezing more homes into Bealeton adds to the consumers jockeying for a parking space in our single, shabby grocery store. Speak up Bealeton.
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