Planning Commission members deferred a decision last week that could change long-term plans for the Leeland Station subdivision.
The proffer amendment should come back up at the commission’s next meeting, called for Aug. 14.Leeland Station was rezoned in 1995 to a planned development zoning district and is now partially developed. Alongside the maximum 743 units, plans have called for a library, age-restricted housing, commercial sites and three fields.
But K Hovnanian Homes, at least the fourth developer to work on the site, wants to alter those plans, which could decrease the total number of units overall. The company acquired the 325 acres in a 2011 bankruptcy sale.
“The market hasn’t really been going crazy for active adult housing,” said David DeMarco, president of the land investment group at K Hovnanian.
The application calls to decrease the total number of units by 34; that’d happen by replacing 48 duplex units and 70 congregate care age-restricted units to 64 non-age-restricted single family homes, and by increasing a section of homes north of the CSX tracks from 34 to 54.
Also proposed is for the developer to re-acquire the 3 acres where the library was planned to be, and to instead dedicate 3 acres north of the station for an additional VRE lot, to be built by others. The requirement to build 3 fields would be deleted, and the developer would instead proffer $250,000 for the temporary artificial turf field at Stafford High School. Another $250,000 would be used for a traffic light at the intersection of Leeland Road and Primmer House Road. The fields have been designed, but construction must begin this fall in order to meet the previous proffer requirements. “This is not an area where i think there’s any great interest in having these playing fields,” said Clark Leming, the attorney for the project.
County planning staff recommended denial of the proffer amendment request, based on lack of contributions to offset school impacts, and loss of recreational amenities. Some commission members worried about the possible jump of school-aged children, from 79 to 165, based on the removal of age-restricted housing.
Leming said that if plans continue as previously approved, “you don’t have a community that really has a completion to it.”
During the public hearing on July 10, speakers asked for more parking spots at the commuter line station and for pedestrian improvements. Another speaker said there’s no need for the traffic light, since the only problem hours are when the trains arrive on weekday evenings.
“The whole deal needs to be reshuffled,” commissioner Dr. James Schwartz said.
The request will be among items on the agenda at the Aug. 14 meeting.