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Fluvanna County Residents Oppose Proposed Housing Development

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Owners of the walker's ridge property are asking Fluvanna County supervisors to rezone the land this week. But, some nearby land owners and environmental groups are worried about a lack of infrastructure for all that construction.

The Rivanna Conservation Society and several nearby landowners are worried that the lack of a public water line or sewer system could be disastrous for the development. If it fails, everyone in the county could be affected.

Ina Cavanaugh and her neighbors plan to speak out at Wednesday's Fluvanna County board of supervisors meeting about a property they don't want to see developed.

"It's going to cause over population, more traffic, the water is a major concern,” said Cavanaugh.

Overton McGehee lives near the proposed walker's ridge site.

"This site has no public water, no public sewer, and its 24 miles from the nearest employment center, and our planning commission has recommended that the board deny it,” said McGehee

Supervisors will have the decision to rezone the property to allow construction of hundreds of homes. They would rely on well water. The Rivanna Conservation Society says that's a risky move.

"nobody knows if the water is there, and I think the only way people will find out if it's not there is if the neighbor's wells start going dry, so it's really too much to put on a ground water well system,” said Angus Murdoch from the Rivanna Conservation Society.

The property would also have to put in drainage fields for sewage. The conservation society thinks that is not a good long term solution

"the big concern is that if they build these mass drain fields that they're proposing, that they fail 10 years down the road, 20 years down the road, maybe sooner than that, who knows, but then who picks up the pieces when that happens? The most likely scenario is the county gets caught holding the bag and having to rebuild that system,” said Murdoch.

Cavanaugh says she and others are working to rally the development's opponents to show up at the supervisors meeting.

“This is definitely not the solution for growth in Fluvanna County,” said Cavanaugh.

Supervisors will also have the option to defer their decision until a later date. That meeting starts at 7 Wednesday night at the circuit courts building in Palmyra.

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