After being on and off the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors’ docket for more than a year, a long-planned and highly debated mixed-use development in Midlothian must wait yet another month to learn its fate.
The supervisors delayed making a final decision on the proposed Winterfield Crossing development, which would include 250 age-restricted apartments and 100,000 square feet of commercial space stretching along 25 acres of Midlothian Turnpike west of Winterfield Road. It was pushed to the next meeting in July.
The project, proposed by Blackwood Development, has encountered multiple roadblocks since it was introduced in 2015 and failed to find support from the Chesterfield County Planning Commission in January, citing concerns related to the development’s density cap and potential impact on infrastructure and roads, as well as the buildings’ design.
Despite Wednesday night’s deferral, both the developer’s representatives and supervisors remained optimistic for Winterfield Crossing’s eventual approval.
Blackwood’s attorney, Andy Condlin of Roth Jackson, said only minor issues had been addressed at the most recent community meeting on June 21.
“We will be using the next 30 days to respond to community issues,” he said, but added that he doubted there would be many concerns moving forward.
At the meeting, board members echoed Condlin’s sentiment. In response to a Midlothian citizen’s concerns about deferred projects, supervisor Leslie Haley and Chairwoman Dorothy Jaeckle spoke in favor of the project.
“You have to think about what a plan will look like in 10 years, 20 years, 30 years,” Haley said. “It’s not a cookie-cutter process.”
Another zoning request that stirred debate at Wednesday’s meeting would allow a two-year conditional use permit for the operation of a group care facility in a residential area off Midlothian Turnpike.
The applicant, Cleveland Taylor, began operating H.O.P.E. House at 114 Fairwood Drive in March 2016 as a means to provide a transitional group home for adolescent boys ages 13-17.
Several citizens and neighbors came forward to commend Taylor’s efforts. Others cited concerns with safety, as well as property values and potential business violations on the part of Taylor.
Haley, as a compromise to both the neighbors’ and Taylor’s mission, suggested that the permit be shortened to one year. It was approved unanimously.
Other projects addressed were two developments backed by Douglas and Susan Sowers. A first request to waive cash proffers and zoning rules related to side yard setbacks on a residential development, Collingwood East, was deferred for 60 days.
A second zoning request by the Sowers’, however, was approved, allowing a 3.1-acre parcel of a 32-acre tract of land at 3804 Weatherbury Lane to be zoned from agricultural to residential. The parcel is proposed to be developed as a single-family residential neighborhood. The measure passed without controversy.