Application for townhomes near Route 199 and Holly Hill Carriage Homes withdrawn

An application to rezone land to build a townhouse complex near Holly Hills Carriage Homes has been withdrawn, city planning commission chairwoman Elaine McBeth said Wednesday.

The applicant, Holly Hills LLC, had desired to rezone about 7 acres of land, of which about 5 acres were considered developable, at 200 Brookwood Drive next to Route 199 and Holly Hills Carriage Homes from multifamily dwelling district RM-1 to multifamily dwelling district RM-2, according to city documents.

A public hearing on the application was scheduled for the planning commission’s meeting Wednesday but was not held since the application was withdrawn.

The planning commission was informed the application had been withdrawn Tuesday. No reason was given for the decision, McBeth said.

City staff had recommended the planning commission deny the application because it didn’t comply with the 2013 comprehensive plan, which recommends the property’s dwelling density not exceed eight units per net acre. The new zoning would allow a maximum density of 14 dwellings per net acre, according to city documents.

The amended zoning would have allowed up to 67 dwelling units to be built, an increase from the limit of 20 dwelling allowed at the parcel as per the current zoning designation.

The applicant’s pitch limited construction to no more than 50 units and included an assurance not to build multifamily dwellings, which were prompted by public backlash to a previous application for Holly Hills Villas, which proposed to build the development as rental apartments. The townhome units would have been owned by their occupants and governed by a homeowner’s association.

What the applicant may do with the land in the future remains to be seen.

“They own the land. They can conjure up what they might want to do with it but it would be a whole new process,” McBeth said.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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