Chesterfield County is setting the stage for at least one new school, a technology park, residential development and other uses on about 1,850 acres it acquired last year in the western part of the county.
The acreage consists of three parcels at 19801 Duval Road, 18100 Duval Road and 18950 Hull Street Road, located north of Hull Street Road in the so-called Upper Magnolia area near Moseley.
On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to authorize county staff to create a rezoning and conditional use planned development application “to permit development of the properties which may include public facilities (i.e. schools), commercial, advanced manufacturing, research and development, office, and residential,” according to a staff report.
Beyond a new middle school and a technology park, the finer details such as the specific types of zoning to be requested and exactly what kind of commercial ventures would be allowed are yet to be determined.
“The goal has always been to generate some employment out here,” Deputy County Administrator for Community Development Jesse Smith said in an interview Monday. “A lot of that will be shaped as we go through the zoning process.”
If the application initiation is approved as planned on Wednesday’s consent agenda, at least one community meeting is expected to follow to solicit feedback and help craft the rezoning application.
The Planning Commission is expected to vote on the proposal in January, with the board’s final approval expected to take place in February, Smith said.
That timeline is driven by the desire for the new middle school to be operational in the area by 2024, Smith said, adding that some of the acreage could be set aside for additional future schools.
The rezoning project would pave the way for development of the lion’s share of the Upper Magnolia acreage the EDA bought for $13 million last year.
A proposed extension of Powhite Parkway cuts the area in half. Smith said a traffic study would be conducted as part of the rezoning process, and it remains to be seen how construction of the extension might come into play in the near future.
“We’ll have to see what’s determined to be needed,” Smith said. “Long term, we think Powhite Parkway needs to be there. It’s more a question of timing.”