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Spotsylvania OKs age-restricted community

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The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an age-restricted community with 130 homes and townhouses near Harrison Crossing.

All but 26 of the homes at the Villas at Harrison Crossing development on Five-Mile Road will be limited to people 55 and older. The homes and townhouses will mostly be single-story and range in size from 1,200 to 2,700 square feet.

Richmond-based Cornerstone Homes has had the county’s permission to develop the site near State Route 3 since 2008, when supervisors rezoned the 32.7-acre property for 148 condos. But that project never got off the ground.

The new plan—which the developer says better reflects the current market—required that the land be rezoned again, this time to planned development housing.

Supervisor David Ross noted that the project has 18 fewer housing units than the originally approved plan.

“It will put very little, if any, impact on our schools” because of the age restriction, said Ross, whose Courtland District includes the development.

The project does decrease cash proffers from the previously approved $10,166 per home to $7,074. That money is meant to offset the impact of additional homes on roads, schools and other infrastructure.

Still, county planning staffers recommended approval of the project, saying it will generate less traffic than the original condo proposal. The Planning Commission also endorsed the plan in December.

The Villas at Harrison Crossing will include a 2,700-square-foot clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool and a recreation area.

In other business, the supervisors:

Unanimously voted Ross as the new Board of Supervisors chairman. Ross, who was previously vice chair, succeeds Supervisor Paul Trampe as chair.

Approved a proposal to allow homes on well-traveled arterial or connector roads, including Lafayette Boulevard and Courthouse Road, to be converted to “small-scale retail.” A would-be owner of such a business will have to apply for a special-use permit, a process that requires public hearings and the supervisors’ approval.

The plan is geared toward people who won’t be living in the converted homes.

Previously, the only way they could open a business in a former home was to have the property rezoned from residential to commercial. That process is much more expensive than applying for a special-use permit.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402