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More homes approved in Hopyard

Hopyard Farm is moving forward with plans to develop another two sections of its development in King George County.

The Board of Supervisors last night approved plats for two more sections, totaling 115 homes. The approval brings to 378 the number of lots that have been approved in the subdivision, which would total 898 homes if built to capacity.

That would make Hopyard, which used to be home to King George’s largest dairy farm, the biggest development in the rural county.

Discussions about the 992-acre property off State Route 3 date back to the last century. The property was rezoned for residential use in 1995 and purchased by the Hazel Land Cos. of Spotsylvania County in 2002. Proffers were discussed and recorded the next year, then King George approved the preliminary plat for Hopyard in 2005 and amended it in 2012, according to county paperwork.

So far, 208 homes have been built in Hopyard, said Jack Green, King George’s director of community development. Homeowners have moved into 195 of them, according to the number of occupancy permits issued.

While there are some vacant lots and construction sites among the developed areas of Hopyard, activity has slowed in recent years because of the downturn in the economy, said Elizabeth Clark, the marketing director at Hopyard. But the Hazel company has continued with its plans and tweaked offerings to match buyer demands, she said.

“We are slow and steady, like that old fable,” Clark said.

The company has changed exterior elevations of homes and interior floor plans and “stuck with bigger homes” because that’s what the market is demanding, she said.

The Hopyard Farm website lists 10 homes for sale and the average price is $302,558.

Clark said the Hazel company will continue developing the subdivision until it reaches capacity.

“Ideally, next year would be wonderful,” Clark said. “Realistically, it’s five to seven years maximum, depending on how the market improves.”

The sections approved for construction are close to the subdivision’s stormwater facility. For some of the homes, the dry pond—which is built to hold floodwaters and fills up quickly, Green said—will be in some homeowners’ backyards.

The county doesn’t require signs or fencing around these ponds, but Green said he’d asked the developer to add warning signs, and Hazel agreed.

Supervisor Ruby Brabo said she hoped Hopyard’s Homeowners Association realized what’s involved with a stormwater facility.

“The HOA would be liable if any children were to drown,” she said. “I don’t see anyone here so I assume they’re OK with it.”

No residents from Hopyard or representatives from Hazel attended Tuesday’s meeting.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425