This is a proposed rezoning on Spriggs Road across from Hylton High School and Saunders Middle School. More info here: http://eservice.pwcgov.org/planning/documents/REZ2016-00006.pdf
MIDCO letter to the Planning Commission:
July 10, 2016
This letter is in response to the Carter’s Grove rezoning request (REZ2016-200006). During recent meetings we have hosted the applicant and heard from area residents, and have come to the following conclusions:
- The housing density requested is far in excess of what the Comprehensive Plan recommends for semi-rural residential (more than double) and is higher than the density of the surrounding community. The Comprehensive Plan calls for one home per 2.5 acres on average and the surrounding community is at 1.9 acres per home average lot size, while this project would be 1.1 acres per home on average. This means that the project doesn’t fit into the surrounding community and is not what the county staff and community at large envisioned for this area.
- There has been some discussion of a “density bonus” in return for providing public water and sewer to the project. There is no such “density bonus” in the Comprehensive Plan or Zoning Ordinance, and the cluster option ostensibly employed here is designed to promote open space by allowing smaller building lots while maintaining the overall density recommendations. It is not designed and should not be used to facilitate extreme housing density. This project would not meet the spirit or letter of the Comprehensive Plan.
- The extreme density requested, if approved, would directly affect future density negotiations in the semi-rural area between applicants and the community and would therefore affect the quality of life of all mid county residents.
- The project is not acceptable to nearby residents we’ve heard from. As always, we respect the opinions and desires of the local community, which seem clear in this particular situation.
Unless the applicant agrees to work with the community to rethink this project and reduce the housing density we ask that you recommend denial of the application.
Below is a letter inviting the Carter's Grove applicant to the August MIDCO meeting:
July 25, 2016
Harry V. Carter, Jr.
HC Land Company LC
At the recent Planning Commission meeting your project (REZ2016-00006) was recommended to be moved forward with the stipulation that before the Board Of County Supervisors public hearing you work with the community to resolve two areas of concern with your project as proposed- protection of the environmental resources on the property and excessive overall residential housing density. We would like to formally invite you to the August MIDCO meeting in an effort to help you satisfy that condition by having a dialogue with the community and making changes to the project that will address the related concerns. The meeting will be held August 18th at 7pm in room 107 of the Development Services Building at One County Complex Court. Please advise whether or not you can attend.