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Developer wants to shift Spotsy condos to homes

The developer of a planned age-restricted community near Harrison Crossing in Spotsylvania County wants to build 130 homes and townhouses instead of the condos that have already been approved for the site.

For that to happen, Richmond-based Cornerstone Homes LLC must convince county officials to rezone the 32.7-acre property off Five Mile Road to “planned development housing.”

The Spotsylvania Planning Commission, which makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, will hold a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Holbert Building at Spotsylvania Courthouse.

The community, called Villas of Harrison Crossing, would be geared toward people 55 and older. The age restriction would apply to all but 20 percent of the development.

The county previously rezoned the property for 148 condos at the developer’s request in 2008, but that zoning designation does not allow detached homes.

The homes and townhouses in the new proposal would mostly be single story and range in size from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet, according to a report written by county planning staff. The staffers wrote that the proposed layout does not “change dramatically” from the current plan.

But the proposal does decrease cash proffers per housing unit from the previously approved $10,166 to $7,074. Proffers are payments to offset a development’s impact on roads and other infrastructure.

Despite the proffer reduction, county staffers have recommended approval of the project, which they say will increase tax revenue and have a negligible impact on traffic.

In addition to the homes, the development would include a 2,700-square-foot clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool and a recreation area.

Cornerstone Homes also developed the nearby Regency Park Villas in Spotsylvania.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402