Public hearings scheduled for JCC housing proposals

Tjefferson@vagazette.com

The county planning commission will hold two public hearings at its next meeting on Wednesday, one of which could bring additional housing to the county and the other seeking to postpone an original proposal for senior housing.

On April 5, Williamsburg Landing asked for a one month deferral after proposing to add more than 100 housing units to its campus but will now seek an indefinite deferral.

Williamsburg Landing's proposal to build 65 town houses and duplexes and 70 apartment units was expected to face some challenges.

The Virginia Department of Aviation told the county it was concerned about the proposed homes' proximity to the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport and the potential for noise complaints.

"Unfortunately one of our issues is comprehensive plan-related, and that's not something the applicant would be able to change right now or the way the application is looked at," Alex Baruch, county planner, said on March 31. "There aren't any residential uses allowed in the plan for airports. That was a major factor in the proposal being unfavorable."

The proposed living facilities would've been along Marclay Road, less than a tenth of a mile from the airport, according to the application.

Forest Glen affordable housing

Another proposal the commission is scheduled to discuss seeks to add affordable single-family detached homes along 310 Walker Drive and 204 Forest Glen. The homes would sit on 16 acres in 45 new lots.

Each home in the development would sit on a 0.14-acre lot, according to planning director, Paul Holt. The development would be accessible through Forest Glen Drive.

"There's a little piece of empty land in the back of the subdivision," Holt said. "A developer is proposing building 45 new lots as part of the next section of that existing subdivision."

Forest Glen is an existing subdivision off of Centerville Road.

County staff said the proposal will not negatively impact surrounding zoning and development, according to the memo issued to the commissioners.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

Want to go to the meeting?

When: 7 p.m., May 3

Where: 101 Mounts Bay Road

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