Albemarle County Planning Commission Denies Royal Fern Project Application
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - On Tuesday night, a proposed development in Albemarle County that wanted to bring hundreds of new apartments to the area is facing a setback. The Royal Fern Project went before the planning commission in a public hearing but it failed to meet requirements to be approved.
The commission had a number of concerns with the proposed project, mostly dealing with traffic and safety in the county.
Applicants of the proposed Royal Fern Project want to build a mixed-use hub at the intersection of 5th Street Extended and Old Lynchburg. This could include up to 300 apartments new apartments, condominiums and townhouses.
The commission voted to deny the application for two primary reasons. The first is procedural because the project is not in requirements for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) approach. The second reason is because of the impacts on Cale Elementary School and traffic congestion.
"They didn't access the full number of dwelling units. They were asking to be approved for 300 dwelling units there traffic impact analysis had only looked at 230 units so there was kind of a misfit there so those two kinds of things the impacts and the procedure followed,” said Bruce Dotson, Albemarle County Planning Commission.
In addition to the application, the board also denied all five special exceptions because the commission felt it was not a fit for the overall project. The next steps for the applicants are to revise the application before another public hearing is held before the Board of Supervisors for the final say.
However, the planning commission is recommending to the board to deny the application as well.