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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Spotsy approves UDAs

Last night, supervisors approved the county’s urban development areas. The five UDAs are in places already designated for mixed-use development in the comprehensive plan.

A new state law requires fast-growing localities to accommodate 10 years of growth by designating areas for high density and mixed use neighborhoods.

More than a year ago, Spotsylvania planners started working on designs for the urban development areas. Early on, planners and supervisors narrowed the choices to two UDAs. However, during the public hearings, many people spoke out against UDAs. And Supervisor Hap Connors suggested using the areas the county already set aside for mixed use development.

Planning Director Wanda Parrish brought such a plan to the board last night. The public hearing didn’t draw the ire of previous meetings. Supervisors approved the plans with little fanfare.