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Commission hears Clift Farm Quarter request to connect to public utilities

In addition to considering the rezoning for Abberly at South Campus, the Planning Commission on Wednesday heard a request related to another development, Clift Farm Quarter. That will also be continued on Aug. 28. (Here is the full agenda item.)

It’s not the first project to be proposed on this site (along Eskimo Hill Road). You can read more about how the proposal has changed from a rezoning for a 585-unit project with proffered fields to the cluster project, following a lawsuit filed against the county.

The newer request is for a cluster subdivision of 196 units on 472 acres. Part of the property is in the county’s Urban Services Area, meaning 88 homes can connect to public utilities. The remaining 108 lots are on land outside the USA line, indicating that the county didn’t plan to extend its water and sewer to the area and new development would need to use well and septic. That’s why D.R. Horton must go through the Comprehensive Plan Compliance Review as part of the request to connect to public utilities. (The company disputed that review, but the Board of Supervisors recently said it was required.)

“It simply comes down to whether it makes sense for the development” to be on water/sewer or well/septic, attorney Clark Leming said. He said there’s already a sewer line next to the property.

After Wednesday’s public hearing, the commission voted to defer a decision until August.