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Spotsylvania planning staff recommends denial of Keswick rezoning

Spotsylvania County’s Planning Department is recommending that the Planning Commission deny a rezoning request that would allow the Keswick residential development of apartments, townhouses, single-family homes and a new public park near the courthouse area. Click here for background details on Keswick. The matter will be before the Planning Commission tomorrow night.

Click here to read the planning staff report recommending the denial of the rezoning. Reasons given include that the developer’s proffer to donate and develop 34 acres of land in Keswick into a public park does not offset the cost to the county in additional required services (Keswick is projected to attract about 1,472 residents and 157 school-age children, according to the planning department report). The Planning Commission is not obligated to follow the staff recommendation.

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  • bhaas

    I was surprised that staff recommended against this development. I guess I thought Keswick was a “done deal.”

    My interest here lies in the fact that I own rental property in “The Laurels,” nearby. I did not hear of any major uproar from other property owners about Keswick.

  • Rexy

    Great job staff!! Thank you for looking out for the locals. We can’t afford to foot the bill for yet another unneeded development.
    Where I live backs up to the land proposed for development. Just say no Spotsy!!! Don’t spoil the charm of the courthouse. Keep the development, and traffic, and people and problems in town…far away from the courthouse. We are happy with snack shack, Spotslee, Laurels, Fas Mart, etc. I am no one is complaining about having to drive a few miles to get to the rocery store. If they are complaining, I gurantee they are not locals.