Surf pool-anchored development ‘The Lake’ could grow by 400 residential units

The Lake mixed-use development is expected to feature a 13-acre lake that would be used for recreational activities. (Images courtesy of Flatwater Cos.)

Chesterfield planning commissioners voted Tuesday to recommend tweaks to a long-discussed mixed-use development to allow hundreds of additional residential units as well as a surf pool.

The project is dubbed The Lake, a years-in-the-making idea from the Flatwater Cos. that would be built on a 105-acre property near Clover Hill High School.

It would feature a 13-acre lake for water-based recreation and a separate surf pool. The development would be built at 13400 Genito Road, and 2500, 2601 and 2991 Genito Place.

The proposed amendments provide for the option of a surf pool as an alternative to a now-nixed white-water course and 400 more housing units, among other changes.

The project as currently proposed would have up to 1,190 residential units, consisting of 830 apartments and 360 townhomes.

The Lake would bring together retail, restaurant and office space anchored by water park amenities across the street from Clover Hill High School.

The development would also feature a maximum density of 143,000 square feet of retail, 50,000 square feet of restaurant space, a 170-room hotel, 225,000 square feet of business park and 40 acres for the outdoor recreational space, according to a staff report.

“The park was really designed to be more of a dry experience than a wet experience. The wet experience, the surf and the lake, are just the attractions that make it unique,” Brett Burkhart of Flatwater said during Tuesday’s planning session.

The amendments now go to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

A construction timeline and budget for the project, which has been years in the making, wasn’t discussed during the meeting.

Supervisors originally approved a rezoning application tied to the project in 2017. Lake Adventures LLC, an LLC tied to Burkhart, bought the 105-acre site for $8.8 million in May 2019.

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Michael Kane
Michael Kane
4 months ago

A SURF PARK WOULD BE GREAT AND PUT RVA ON THE MAP!!!

Julian Utley
Julian Utley
4 months ago

I keep waiting to see someone bring a Kelly Slater type surf wavepool to central VA. Is that what the developer means by “surf pool”?

Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson
4 months ago

This was touted at one time as a national tourist draw designed to boost revenue to the County and sports tourism. It is now being explained as a “park (that) was really designed to be more of a dry experience than a wet experience.” In the end, I bet it will be a splash pond outside a Holiday Inn Express.

John Lindner
John Lindner
4 months ago

I wish someone would define “surf pool.”

Justin Ranson
Justin Ranson
4 months ago
Reply to  John Lindner

Typically, It’s a pool with a wave generator, like at Kings Dominion

Jacob Bryant
Jacob Bryant
4 months ago

By the time this gets approved, they will have built one in Henrico. Plan on driving over there.

Laura Reed
Laura Reed
4 months ago

What a disappointment this has turned out to be. Sounds like just another excuse for the county to pack more high-density living onto every scrap of land still available in western Chesterfield. Of course, they will not plan out how to handle all the new traffic, either. Instead of a water park, we get more tacky apartments. Great. Thanks a lot.

David Pugh
David Pugh
4 months ago
Reply to  Laura Reed

Not a fan of the high density. That’s becoming an issue. Need to have more single family.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
4 months ago
Reply to  David Pugh

Why no? Seriously asking

Robby Comia
Robby Comia
4 months ago

Let’s not maintain the status quo and just mimic what another location already has, since I’m pretty sure that the James River folks most likely lobbied against the “white water” feature for this new development. I wasn’t necessarily excited about the proposed boat use in the original plan since outboard motors and jetskis would have just added noise and emissions. As a kid growing up in VB next to “Lake Atlantic”, I know what it’s like to get little to no surf and then fighting against hundreds of people when there are actually waves. I truly hope that by surf… Read more »