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Changes at Leeland Station approved

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Changes to the Leeland Station subdivision’s long-term plans were approved Tuesday in Stafford County.

The Board of Supervisors voted 6–1 to allow the current developer of the site, K Hovnanian Homes, to decrease the total number of residential units by removing some age-restricted duplexes and assisted living and replacing them with single-family homes. That could put up to 110 more children in the school system.

Aside from 34 fewer residences, the approved changes will affect athletic fields, commuter parking lots and commercial space.

K Hovnanian was approaching deadlines included in the previous developer’s plans that required construction of three fields and 7,500 square feet of commercial space.

But the location of the fields near the CSX tracks was later criticized as inappropriate and unsafe, and the developer’s attorney, Clark Leming, also said there are no commercial prospects currently.

Instead, the developer agreed to give $750,000 in cash for an artificial turf field at Stafford High School. Construction of the commercial space must begin by the issuance of the 600th building permit, giving K Hovnanian a longer period of time. At that time, a temporary lease will end that has allowed the county and VRE to use a 3-acre space for commuter parking.

Proffers are submitted to guarantee that a developer will proceed in a certain manner, and to offset impacts to county resources, such as schools, parks and emergency services.

Leeland Station was rezoned in 1995 to a planned development zoning district and is now partially developed. Plans had called for a library, age-restricted housing, commercial sites and three fields. The regional library system has said it has no plans for building in the area.

The number of residences is now set at a maximum of 709.

At Tuesday’s meeting, much discussion centered on the artificial turf field that Chairwoman Susan Stimpson said she negotiated. It’s unclear when that will be ready for use. Construction is beginning on a new school, and the existing building will be demolished.

Supervisor Paul Milde said he wouldn’t support the proffer change, and that “the world doesn’t revolve around soccer fields.”

Money for a traffic light at the intersection of Leeland and Primmer House roads was also discussed and was at one point included in the developer’s proffer. But Supervisor Cord Sterling said that there should be money available from the state if the Virginia Department of Transportation says a light is needed there.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975

kthisdell@freelancestar.com

 

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