By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
Somewhat out of the preordained order, the Greene County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a rezoning application that utilizes a zoning code revision that has not yet been endorsed by the Greene County Board of Supervisors.
Supervisors have been working toward increasing the density of R-2 (Residential) zoning to ten units per acre. At the March 12th Board of Supervisors meeting, the scheduled vote on the zoning change was deferred until April due to an advertising error.
Greenstone Development, LLC, who had been involved in the zoning revision, planned to utilize the increased density allowance on their Route 29 project. Despite the Supervisors deferral, Greenstone requested the Planning Commission consider their rezoning request, from R-1 (Residential) to R-2, in the March meeting, anticipating the zoning density change will pass the Supervisors in April.
Greenstone wants to develop a parcel off the North side of Route 29 in southern Greene County. Currently there are 13 mobile homes and a home on the subject property.
The property is a triangle shape and connects with Terrace Green Apartments, Lake Saponi and the Holiday Inn/Anytime Fitness complex. Greenstone’s application plan includes 165 townhomes on this property. Water and sewer connections are available to the property and, if fully developed, would generate $3.3 million in water/sewer tap (EDU) fees.
Brent Hall, the owner of Greenstone, explained his plan also includes walking/biking trails along the east side of the property that would be able to be connected to all of the other properties that adjoin the development – providing multi modal connectivity to the shopping area and the Holiday Inn Express.
Planning Commission Chairman Jay Willer asked Hall about the amenities offered by the development. Hall mentioned several recreational opportunities are a part of the application plan. On the northeast corner a soccer/multi-use field is planned; in the center of the development, there are plans for a playground, grills and picnic tables; on the south end of the property, there is a pond that is planned to be refurbished and then stocked with fish. Finally, multi-use trails are planned along the two streams on the east side of the property.
All of the commissioners were complimentary of the project and it was unanimously recommended for approval with the understanding if the Board of Supervisors doesn’t approve the pending density ordinance (ten units per acre ordinance), then the application would be required to come back to the Planning Commission to be heard again.
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