A 100-acre site at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and River Road is being floated for a subdivision of about as many new homes.
A preliminary proposal filed with Goochland County in February shows the project would fill the bulk of the land southeast of the intersection, across Patterson from Richmond Country Club, with upward of 100 single-family detached home sites.
A conceptual site plan included with the proposal shows 103 home lots, while a list of proffers states that as many as 119 houses could be constructed. Sample elevations show one- and two-story homes with brick and stone facades.
The proposal, from Farmer River Road LLC, is subject to change. The Henrico-based entity filed a pre-application, which Goochland requires before an application for rezoning can be filed. A community meeting required with the pre-application was held March 17.
Will Farmer, manager of Farmer River Road LLC, said it was too early in the process to speak on the project. He deferred comment to Jeff Geiger, a Hirschler attorney representing Farmer in the application process.
Geiger said Farmer is seeking feedback from the county and neighboring property owners to create a subdivision that would improve on what could be developed on the land by right. He said the land’s current zoning allows for both commercial and residential development, including the potential for townhomes.
“We look forward to continuing to have that conversation with the community and with the county on finding the right community design and project for this property,” Geiger said.
From the community meeting that was held, Geiger added, “We received valuable feedback and input as to ways that this community design can improve existing conditions that our neighbors raised as concerns. We are looking into how we can better design the community to address those concerns.”
Should he pursue a rezoning, Farmer would seek to change the land use from limited agricultural to the county’s Residential Planned Unit Development designation, with proffered conditions. The county’s comprehensive plan designates the area for low-density single-family residential use.
The conceptual plan proposes three access points — two off Patterson and one off River — with about 50 acres reserved as common area or greenspace. A 100-foot vegetative buffer would line the two roads.
The overall site consists of 15 parcels, 11 of which are owned by River Road and Patterson LLC, an entity tied to Anne Preston Farmer. Geiger said the two Farmers are family members.
County property records show the LLC has owned those parcels since the mid-2000s. The county has assessed the parcels at $3.6 million collectively.
Three other parcels totaling 3.8 acres are owned by Edward Laughton Wesley and are assessed at $113,700 combined. A final 5-acre parcel, owned since 1939 by Thomas Smith, is assessed at $205,800.
Will Farmer is working on the proposal with Andrew Browning of engineering firm Youngblood, Tyler & Associates, which drew up the conceptual site plan.
The project would add to a wave of development activity around the Patterson-Route 288 interchange.
Across Patterson is Creekmore Place, a newer subdivision by LeGault Homes. Across 288, along Blair Road south of Patterson, Boone Homes is developing Blair Estates, a 10-home subdivision with half-acre lots that’s planned to break ground by the end of this year.
North of that, in West Creek, The Pruitt Cos. is developing a 36,000-square-foot retail center on part of the former Oak Hill Golf Course along Patterson.