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Spotsy board defers vote on Summerfield proffers

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday deferred a vote to give the developer of the planned Summerfield subdivision another chance this year to request lower proffers for the project.

Planning Department staffers are recommending that supervisors declare the latest proposal for reduced proffers substantially different than the application that was denied in March.

That determination is necessary for the application to move forward in the public hearing process–first with the Planning Commission, then with supervisors–because it has been less than a year since the previous proposal was rejected.

Most supervisors said they didn’t want to make a decision until the Planning Commission comes up with guidelines to determine whether such applications are substantially the same or different. The board is now scheduled to vote on the Summerfield proffers at its meeting Sept. 25.

Landowner Marion E. Hicks submitted an application in July asking supervisors to decrease his proffers–voluntary contributions to offset the development’s impact on county services–by $1.4 million, from $3.5 million to $2.1 million.

Hicks had previously sought a reduction of about $1.9 million, citing poor market conditions.That request was denied in March.