A transforming corridor in central Henrico County that’s seen a new library and rec center pop up in recent years appears slated for more residential density.
The Henrico Planning Commission recently backed a plan for a 92-home subdivision on 27 acres across Harvie Road from Harvie Elementary School.
Once proposed for as many as 140 homes, the agricultural site along Goodell Road is near Harvie’s intersection with a stretch of Laburnum Avenue that’s seen investments by the county in recent years, including construction of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center and the new Fairfield Area Library.
This latest proposal is from TerraForge Communities, a Chesterfield-based firm whose developments in that county include FoxCreek, Silverleaf and Watermark. An LLC owned by TerraForge owner David Cloak is seeking a rezoning for the Henrico project, with representation by Chesterfield attorney Jack Wilson III.
Cloak declined to comment on the project ahead of its presentation to county supervisors next month.
The request went before the Planning Commission at its Aug. 11 meeting, with the commission voting to recommend approval. The case now goes to the Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to cast a deciding vote Sept. 13.
Reduced from an initial proposal that called for 102 homes, the revised plan calls for 10 fewer homes with minimum floorplans of 1,750 square feet. No two adjacent homes would have the same design, and each would include a one-car garage.
The subdivision would be accessed by two entrances off Goodell Road, with 40-foot buffers around two adjacent warehouses that front the road and house Old Dominion Roofing and Clearcut Die Works. The warehouses would be excluded from the residential development.
Planned amenities include several small pocket parks, open spaces along the perimeter of the site, and a splash playground. Sidewalks are planned along Goodell and internally, and pedestrian-scale lighting would be included on each lot. A six-foot-high fence and vegetation also would be installed along a neighboring residential property line.
A county staff report states the site was previously proposed for 70 single-family homes and 69 townhomes. The report doesn’t identify who was behind that 2020 proposal, which was withdrawn because the requested density was substantially higher than what’s recommended in the county’s comprehensive plan.
The site consists of four parcels under shared ownership and includes three existing homes that would be demolished. The county has assessed the parcels collectively at just under $875,000.