James City County supervisors plan to consider Norge apartments in February

Staff writer

The James City County Board of Supervisors intends to put off a decision on the Oakland Pointe rezoning application until Feb. 12, the county announced in a news release Monday afternoon.

Initially, the Board of Supervisors was scheduled to consider the proposal and hold a public hearing on it at its regular meeting Jan. 8. Supervisors rescheduled to allow for more time to study the proposal, which asks to build a 126-unit apartment complex in Norge.

“The board felt it needed a little extra time,” Assistant County Administrator Jason Purse said.

A public hearing will precede a vote by supervisors on whether to approve the application.

Typically, James City schedules public hearings on a rezoning applications to occur the month following the Planning Commission’s own public hearing and vote on an application, though that isn’t a requirement. In this case, there was so much discussion and public feedback generated by the proposal that supervisors wanted more time to study the information, Purse said.

The Planning Commission voted 5-2 to recommend the supervisors approve the application at its meeting Dec. 5.

Connelly Development has requested about 14.5 acres of agricultural land be rezoned to multi-family residential to build Oakland Pointe. The apartments would be located near Crosswalk Church and between Oakland Estates and Richmond Road.

Tim Trant, an attorney who filed the application on behalf of Connelly, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Though the board is tentatively scheduled to hold the public hearing 5 p.m. Feb. 12, that could change because supervisors will actually approve its meeting calendar for 2019 at its organizational meeting Jan. 2. The board could choose to change its meeting schedule, but the application will be considered at the board’s regular meeting in February, Purse said.

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, jojacobs@vagazette.com, @jajacobs_

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