The Chesterfield Planning Commission gave the nod to a proposed technology park near Moseley on Tuesday, as well as advancing a request to rezone a shopping center and adjacent golf park for a residential redevelopment project pitched by Stanley Martin Homes.
Both projects will need final approval from the Board of Supervisors, which will vote on them at a future meeting.
Upper Magnolia Green
The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of two county-initiated proposals that would together rezone 2,400 acres near Moseley to set the stage for a technology park and hundreds of single-family homes and public facilities.
The technology park would be the main feature of the 1,700-acre project area to the west of the proposed extension of the Powhite Parkway, along with 100 acres carved out for a high school and fire station. On the 700 acres on the eastern side of the future roadway, a separate rezoning proposal would allow up to 600 single-family lots and public facilities.
The county’s vision for the so-called Upper Magnolia Green property is centered on the technology park, where the proposed new zoning of general industrial (I-2) would allow development of manufacturing, light industrial and research facilities. County officials hope to see the park become a hub for jobs in a growing part of the county.
The county plans to limit development at the technology park to computer equipment manufacturing, data centers, electronic component and accessories manufacturing, laboratories, offices, pharmaceutical products manufacturing and research and development facilities. Proposed accessory uses include plastic products manufacturing and warehouses.
Planning commissioners split 3-2 to recommend approval of the rezoning proposal for the assemblage that includes the technology park. Commissioners Gib Sloan and Tommy Owens voted against the recommendation, with both arguing the case should be deferred and further reviewed for additional proffers.
“I really do think there are ways to strengthen the case. People have worked hard at this. There is a path forward. Citizens have contributed to offering a path forward with the case,” Sloan said.
After months of public meetings and tweaks made to the proposal based on community feedback, Commissioner Frank Petroski said it was time for the commission to pass the case along to the supervisors.
“I personally think a lot of time and energy and studying has gone into this case,” Petroski said. “I don’t believe another 30 days will make the case better. I think we’ve had plenty of time to do our homework and I believe I have.”
County residents spoke in opposition to the project at the meeting, continuing a trend of pushback against the project from some county residents. Those residents express worries about noise from businesses that could operate at the park, environmental impacts and increased traffic, among other concerns.
Rockwood Square and Rockwood Golf Park
Commissioners also voted to recommend the Board of Supervisors approve a rezoning and conditional-use application tied to a redevelopment of Rockwood Square shopping center, which is near the intersection of Hull Street and Courthouse roads.
Stanley Martin Homes wants to build a total of 322 residential units on a 25-acre site that would include most of Rockwood Square as well as Rockwood Golf Park. Existing structures on the site would be demolished ahead of the project’s construction.
While Stanley Martin prefers the 322-unit development of two-over-two condominiums and townhouses, the application would also allow construction of a 590-unit development that would include apartments as an alternative. Stanley Martin is under contract to purchase the assemblage, which consists of multiple parcels valued by the county at $4 million.
Stanley Martin’s plan would seem to be the first formally proposed redevelopment project within the more-than-600-acre Rockwood Special Focus Area, a land-use development plan approved by the county supervisors last year.