Middletown to host public hearing on 180-home development

MIDDLETOWN – Town Council on Tuesday set a public hearing date for Sept. 6 for residents to weigh in on an amended proffer from potential developers for the town.

Representatives with the Village at Middletown development, which has been in the works since 2007, went over their amended proffer at the planning commission meeting Monday that was updated in the light of changes in town since then.

“What they have done though, is they’ve asked us to allow them to change some things,” said Planning Commissioner Mark Davis.

According to Davis, developers originally proffered 225 single-family homes and town houses to be built in town with an additional 24 over a commercial space. The commission rezoned land for this space then. However, the proffers contained cash injections to the Wayside Theater and the development of an athletic field to be shared with Lord Fairfax Community College.

Since 2007, the theater folded and the college backed out of the field, thus, the developers are requesting approval of a new proffer.

The new proffer contains only 180 single-family homes and no townhouses. Likewise, it does not relocate any of the cash proffers the town would have received via the athletic field and theater.

According to Davis, the amendments decrease the value of the proffer to the town by approximately one-third.

While members of the planning commission lobbied for the town to see more of that money in the amended proffer, Patrick Sowers, senior project engineer with Pennoni engineering, said he and property owner David Holliday are not going to reallocate those funds.

“The lots were worth twice then (in 2007) what they are now,” Sowers said. “We just readjusted the proffers to market value.”

The development will border Lord Fairfax Community College, residing in the northern end of town on the north side of Reliance Road.

Following the town’s input at the public hearing, the planning commission will meet again in September to forward its recommendations to the council for the October Town Council meeting.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com