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Stafford planners deny water, sewer plans

BY KATIE THISDELL

Development planned for an agricultural tract cannot connect to public water and sewer lines, Stafford County planning commissioners decided Wednesday night.

The Planning Commission denied a Comprehensive Plan Compliance Review, which had asked them to decide if an extension of the Urban Services Area fit into the county’s overall plan for growth.

“At this point we don’t have a clear plan for how this is going to develop,” Commissioner Holly Hazard said.

The development, Jumping Branch Farm LLC, would be one of Stafford’s first cluster-plan developments. Half of the 317-acre piece of land in the Hartwood District would be preserved as open space, while houses would be built closer together. There would likely be 105 homes, attorney Clark Leming said. Under the cluster plan, the minimum lot size for the development is 1 acre, with an average density of one lot per 1.5 acres.

It requires developments to connect to either water and sewer or well and septic. Jumping Branch would be required by the Utilities Department to connect to water, however, because of its proximity to water to the north.

The Urban Services Area along the Interstate 95 corridor, identified  as the area where public utilities will run, does touch two sides of the proposed development north of Truslow Road.

To the north is the yet-to-be-developed Staffordshire, which is essentially an “island” of the Urban Services Area. To the south are manholes where Jumping Branch Farm could have connected to a sewer line.

The Planning Commission makes the final decision on compliance plan reviews, unless there is an appeal to the Board of Supervisors.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975

kthisdell@freelancestar.com

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