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Fluvanna Supervisors Approve Permit for Controversial Development

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A major residential development shot down once in Fluvanna County is back in the spotlight.

Supervisors held a public hearing Wednesday night on the Poplar Ridge project that is again sparking a debate over water. About 50 people turned out. After getting an earful about the project, supervisors voted 3-2 in favor of granting a special use permit that would allow the subdivision that could bring more than 300 homes to the Palmyra area. The permit was granted despite safety concerns and worries about a potential lack of water for the proposed subdivision.

The developer, Hotel Street Capital, LLC, out of Warrenton, plans to put more than 300 homes on 230 acres of land. The site is the old Laurel Ridge Golf Course on James Madison highway.

The Rivanna Conservation Society is worried that well water will not be enough for the development. It's also concerned about pollution in the nearby Rivanna River.

Hotel Street Capital, LLC is promising $3,500 in cash proffers per unit built. That money would go to public safety and schools among other programs.

The board's vote of approval comes just weeks after the Fluvanna County Planning Commission unanimously denied the rezone request.

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