City Council to consider re-zoning requests for townhouse development, concert series

City Council will consider zoning and permit requests from real estate developer Holly Hills LLC, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

Holly Hills townhouses

A local developer has submitted a rezoning request to the city which, if approved, would allow the construction of 38 new townhouses near Route 199 and the Holly Hills Carriage Homes.

City Council will consider a request by Holly Hills, LLC to update the zoning classification of 6.8 acres of land at 200 Brookwood Drive.

The land was originally zoned as a business and residential district in 1991, but was re-zoned as a purely residential district in 2007. Currently, the property is designated as a multifamily dwelling district RM-1, but if approved, the new zoning ordinance would remove proffers on the land and allow a maximum of eight homes to be built per net acre.

This would exceed a previous cap of 20 homes allowed to be constructed on the property as part of the city’s 2008 comprehensive plan.

The new proffers also would require the developer to pay $60,000 to the city, which would go toward the construction of a sidewalk connecting the Holly Hills Carriage Homes to Jamestown Road.

“I feel like things haven’t changed enough between 1991 and today,” said Planning Commission first vice chairman Jeffrey Klee at a May meeting. “Removing the proffer seems like a reasonable thing.”

Planning Commission recommended the request’s approval at its May 16 meeting in a 5-1 vote. More than 35 Holly Hills Carriage Homes residents were present at the meeting, with many voicing their dissatisfaction with the project’s direction.

Classroom trailer at Matthew Whaley

City Council will also consider a request for a special-use permit to allow Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools to extend its use of a temporary classroom trailer at Matthew Whaley Elementary School.

The permit allowing the school to use the trailer was originally issued in 2014 and would expire next month. If extended, the permit would allow the school to use the two-classroom, double-wide trailer until 2022.

In a statement to the city, W-JCC Schools senior director for operations Marcellus Snipes says the school is at 98 percent of its 490 student capacity, making the trailer necessary.

“Beyond the 2022 date, we need to review other alternatives,” wrote Snipes.

Summer Breeze concert series

The 2018 season of the Summer Breeze concert series kicked off June 6, but for the concerts to continue to take place at the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum lawn, council will have to approve two special-use permits requested by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

The foundation has requested a change to the zoning ordinance of the Historic District, allowing for special-use permits to be granted for outdoor events. A second request would issue the organization a permit allowing it to move the series from Duke of Gloucester Street to the museum lawn.

For the past 27 years, the concert series has taken place on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square.

In his request to City Council, Jeffrey Duncan, the foundation’s vice president of real estate, wrote that Summer Breeze has outgrown its previous venue and would benefit from a wider open space, such as the museum lawn.

“We’re excited about the plan that we’re presenting to the city, and by working with CultureFix, we think we’ve got a great concert series on tap for the summer,” said Duncan at a Planning Commission meeting last month.

Want to go?

Where: City Council Chambers of the Stryker Center, 401 N. Boundary St.

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

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