Fluvanna BOS Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Development
A proposed new development is in the works in Fluvanna County, but not everyone is happy about it.
Lake Monticello is currently Fluvanna County's largest development. But, if built, Walker's Ridge would become the second largest and even though it'll be much smaller than the lake, it would still tax resources across the county.
Wednesday night, developers and neighbors faced the Board of Supervisors at a public hearing on the project. There were heated talks as Fluvanna residents weighed in on Walker's Ridge, which would be the county's first planned unit development of houses, townhomes, apartment buildings, and businesses.
"What the heck is this? What is that? This does not belong in Fluvanna County. This belongs in Northern Virginia, it belongs in Fairfax County, it belongs in wherever," said Adrian Miller, who attended the hearing.
The Warrenton-based developer has drawn up plans for Walker's Ridge on 232 acres just north of Palmyra and surrounding Camp Friendship. The proposal calls for 952 homes, townhomes, and apartments to cover the property.
It will also flood Fluvanna schools with as many as 772 students - at a nearly $7 million cost to taxpayers. A study suggests Walker's Ridge could force the county to build a new school.
"Your planning commission recommended unanimously five to nothing that you deny this application," David Perry told supervisors. "It's hard to get a unanimous vote on anything these days - I strongly urge you to accept their recommendation."
The developer has agreed to make improvements along Route 15, which includes building a roundabout at the entrance to Walker's Ridge.
The developers say Walker's Ridge is a lifetime project that will take 25 years to build out. But, they say it will bring a $537 million boost to Fluvanna County.
The Board of Supervisors voted to send the proposal of the development back to the planning commission.
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