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Spotsy won’t consider reduced proffers for Summerfield this year

The developer of the planned Summerfield subdivision in Spotsylvania County won’t be able to request reduced proffers until next year.

Landowner Marion E. Hicks submitted an application in July asking the county Board of 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.

But on Tuesday, supervisors voted to declare that application substantially the same as a request from Hicks for reduced proffers that was denied earlier this year. That means Hicks will have to wait until March—a year after his original proposal was denied—to apply for lower proffers.

Hicks’ first proposal sought a reduction of about $1.9 million—$500,000 more than his latest request.

The new application would’ve moved forward in the public hearing process—first with the Planning Commission, then with supervisors—if supervisors had declared it substantially different from the denied proposal.

Supervisors approved the 127-home Summerfield rezoning—along with the original proffers—in 2009. The land is off U.S. 1 near Kingswood, just south of Fredericksburg.