By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Officer
Fluvanna’s Board of Supervisors approved changes to a mixed use master plan and okayed a new recycling center in the county at its September 16th meeting.
Southern Development secured the right to replace some commercial development with residential townhomes at its Sycamore Square development. The issue was somewhat controversial in years past because the site is tied to a master plan (required in the R-3 zoning district).
Opponents argued that increasing residential development at the expense of commercial would increase the demand for county services and hurt the county’s tax revenues. Supervisors approved the measure 4-1.
Supervisors also were briefed on the financing prospects for the new James River waterline to Zion Crossroads. The county’s bond advisors suggested that in a worst-case scenario, the county’s tax rate could increase by about five cents in order to fund the waterline.
The bond advisors anticipate having the funds in hand by mid-November. Since the revenue generated by the waterline in the early years likely will not cover the debt payments, the county would have to provide its full faith and credit. There was no word as to when the supervisors would take that step.
The Board will next meet on October 7th.