After two hours of hearings and hours of debate, Henrico’s supervisors said late Tuesday night in Varina that the project had drawn considerable opposition from some local residents, even though the project had been scaled back by 11 hours. has signed a large-scale residential development.
The board voted Tuesday at approximately 11:30 pm to approve the development of Arcadia in the East West community. Out of 1,000 proposed homes Just under 800 in one of several proposers’ amendments, which county staff said had been finalized hours before the meeting.
Other changes included a phased development schedule with the eastern half of the project not developed until 2030. Removal of all vehicular access from NH5. We will make some homes more affordable and commit to planting native species in excess of county requirements.
Additional proponents provoked the ire of speakers opposing the project. They argued that the submission was too late and too late for the board to consider that evening.
Supervisors claimed that the changes had been in place for weeks and that they knew most well in advance of the meeting, but most of the 20-plus speakers who addressed the board at the hearing said: I urged them to reserve their decision to consider. change.
Tyrone Nelson, the supervisor representing the Varina district, argued that the postponement of the lawsuit would not change anything about it and would only lead to four more hours of discussion at the board’s next meeting.
“The conditions were better today,” Nelson said before the motion to approve the rezoning. The vote was unanimous.
The approval paves the way for the project to fill approximately 250 acres of farmland just east of Pocahontas Parkway, which intersects Route 5. The site’s Nelson Farm straddles Wilson Road north of the intersection with Route 5.
Planned for a mix of residential, townhome and condominium potential, the development will be split into two sections. Arcadia East across Wilson connecting the two. The project also includes a central park area and over 80 acres of open land and recreational space with bike and pedestrian connections to the Virginia Capital Trail.
On the terms presented prior to the hearing, Arcadia West will consist of 500 units which will constitute the initial stage of development over the first seven years.
Arcadia East has the potential to build a total of 295 homes and a total of 795 homes will be developed. Additional land acquisitions will be required at the developer’s expense, county planners said.
The developer also proposed that all common areas beyond recreational facilities be placed in protected areas. He also proposed building at least 20 homes for low-income families through his partnership with Maggie Walker Community Land and his trust. The housing provider is a first for Henrico County, according to management.
Mark Cronenthal, a local real estate attorney who represented the East West with Ross Jackson’s attorney, Andy Condrin, said the price of the remaining home would be between $200,000 and $500,000. .
Among those who spoke out against the rezoning was State Senator Joe Morrissey. Own a home on the Osborne TurnpikeMorrissey argued that the approval would go ahead of the planned renewal of the county’s comprehensive plan, saying the density of the project was out of character for Varina and would adversely affect the lifestyles of current residents. I agreed with the other speakers.
Morrissey said, “Bringing in 800 units completely changes what Varinian knew.”
Other speakers described Varina as a rural property in the area and said they didn’t want developments like Short Pump or Blundermill. The latter was the first development of the East-West community.
Jeremy Rowan, who said he has lived in Varina for 20 years, told the board:
Bill Nelson, whose family owns and sells the Nelson Farm estate for the project, was one of the few speakers who expressed support for the development. Describing himself as the last farmer in his family, Nelson said the decision was made to sell the land, with East West identified as the preferred purchaser.
“The land is a farmer’s IRA,” Nelson said, explaining that the move was a necessary retirement plan. “We have decided to exercise our constitutional right to sell land for the highest and best possible use.”
Nelson’s comments struck a chord with some directors who noted the family’s desire to sell the land and see it developed.
“He has this plan and he owns the land. We have to take his wishes into account,” said supervisor Pat O’Bannon.
In addition to Blundermill, East West developments around Richmond include Woodlake, Haldsley, Hampton Park and Rivers Bend on the James, all in Chesterfield County.the company has developed Giles of Hanover County The Patriots land in Newkent. Arcadia is his first project with Henrico.