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Spotsy planners delay vote on Route 3 homes

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The Spotsylvania County Planning Commission on Wednesday tabled a vote on a proposed age-restricted community near Harrison Crossing that would have 130 homes and town houses.

Commissioners, who make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, will take up the proposal for the Villas at Harrison Crossing again on Dec. 4.

Planning Commission member Richard Thompson requested that a vote be tabled until commissioners receive feedback from the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management.

He expressed concern that Five Mile Road, where the development would be situated, is too narrow for fire trucks.

Thompson represents the Courtland District, where the development would be located.

A county planner said fire and rescue officials haven’t raised any concerns about the proposed community but that he’d request a formal statement from the department.

One resident spoke in opposition to the project during a public hearing at Wednesday’s meeting. He said he doesn’t think Five Mile Road can handle the additional traffic.

Richmond-based Cornerstone Homes is asking that 32.7 acres be rezoned to “planned development housing” for the project.

In 2008, the company received the county’s approval to build an age-restricted community at the site with 148 condos. The developer says he has changed those plans because of new market conditions.

All but 20 percent of the development would be limited to people 55 and older.

County staffers, who are recommending approval of the project, say the 130 homes and town houses would result in less traffic than the developer’s original plan.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402