By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
Fluvanna’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a scaled-down version of the Rivanna Resort golf community that it unanimously rejected earlier this year. The lower density, as well as the perceived better siting of the dwelling units on the property, were the key factors.
The property is located along the west side Route 15, north of Palmyra village. The application was for a rezoning from A-1 (Agricultural) to R-3 (Residential, Planned Community). The application stated that there will be 254 dwelling units (72 of which will be age restricted) and 75,000 square feet of commercial space.
Another factor was the minimal citizen opposition this time around. Some opponents conceded that the plan was far superior to the previous one and seemed to have little enthusiasm for continuing the battle. One observer expects that the project will take years to develop and that the rezoning likely will make financing for the earliest phases easier to obtain.
In another matter, the Board approved the VDOT six-year secondary road program for the county, a rather pointless exercise since members were informed that there was no funding available for any additions.
Developer Keith Smith is expected to decide shortly whether or not to challenge incumbent supervisor Don Weaver (Cunningham) for his seat in the fall election. Ms. Elizabeth Franklin has told people that she has decided not to challenge Board Chairman Marvin Moss (Columbia), leaving conservative Sean Kenney as Moss’ only likely opponent.