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Rezoning advances in Orange to return Annadale property to farm use


Orange County planners unanimously support rezoning the 244-acre site of the now-defunct Annadale development just west of Gordonsville back to an agricultural designation.

Following public hearings on three separate requests related to the rezoning of the site, members of the planning commission voted 3–0 to recommend approval by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, which has the final say. Commission members George Yancey and Donald Brooks were not at the Thursday night meeting.

In July 2006, Silver Active Adult Communities, Annadale LLC received approval to rezone the tract from agricultural to planned development residential.

The proffers, which were staged with phases of the development, included a payment of $25,000 each time a building permit for one of the 290 planned residential units was obtained, and construction of a community and recreational center. With the downturn in the housing market, no building permits were ever requested or issued.

The property was repurchased in July by Philip Strange and his wife, Merrill. Strange’s grandparents had previously owned the tract. The Stranges proposed to restore it to its original use as a residence and farm.

Their three-part request included amending the county comprehensive plan’s land-use map; removing the proffers, which had never been triggered; and rezoning the property to agricultural.

The mayor and Town Council of Gordonsville supported the rezoning request, as did the three speakers at the public hearing. Without discussion, Commissioner Andy Hutchison moved to recommend approval of all three items, and Commissioner J.P. Tucker III seconded.

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