Hanover OKs 400-home, farm-centric development

The latest master site plan for Chickahominy Falls.

The latest master site plan for Chickahominy Falls.

A residential concept that blends organic farming with suburban living will become a reality in Hanover County.

County supervisors have approved Cornerstone Homes’ proposal for Chickahominy Falls, a 400-home development on about 150 acres along Holly Hill Road just south of Cedar Lane.

The unanimous vote introduces the concept locally of a residential development with a community farming component. Cornerstone Homes’ Roger Glover has said the project would be the first of its kind in the metro Richmond area.

The approved project increases the number of age-restricted residential units from 200 to 300. Those homes would be targeted to the 55-and-up homebuyer demographic, while the remainder would be marketed to Millennials who like the idea of community-based farming.

The community will be anchored by a staffed, working farm that residents could support – a concept called “community-supported agriculture.” Glover is working with Matthew “Quint” Redmond of Colorado-based Agriburbia, which integrates farming into new and existing developments.

A 100-year-old home sits on a Hanover site proposed for a residential development. Photos courtesy of Jon Beckner.

A 100-year-old home sits on a Hanover site proposed for a residential development. Photos courtesy Jon Beckner.

The property, which was previously used for agriculture and features ponds that cascade into the Chickahominy River, includes the former homestead of the family of Frank Hargrove Sr., a former longtime member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Site development is slated to start later this year, with home construction to follow. Work on a community garden will also start this year, with plans for several events there this summer.

Cornerstone Homes focuses on age-restricted communities targeted primarily to retirees. It is currently finishing up the Villas at Magnolia Lakes in Chester, and is set to start a comparable development: the Villas at Ashlake off Hull Street Road, also in Chesterfield County.

Meanwhile, another builder has its sights set on the Chickahominy River. Downstream in Henrico County, HHHunt is planning more than 1,000 new homes near Virginia Center Commons.

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