Middletown officials hear feedback on potential development

MIDDLETOWN – The Planning Commission and Town Council met Tuesday to hear citizen feedback on an amended proffer agreement from a potential developer.

As per the new agreement, developers with the Village of Middletown told town officials and citizens they plan to build 180 single family units – down from 225 in the development’s original offer in 2007.

Likewise, the new offer does not contain several cash proffers geared toward capital improvement present in the original offer.

Despite the lost revenue for the town, John Copeland spoke at the meeting to voice his support for the rezoning.

“I want you to know that I totally support Mr. Holliday’s plans for his development for the town and I hope you likewise will also support those efforts,” Copeland said. “We need those rooftops.”

Copeland was the only citizen who spoke at the meeting.

The two liaisons to the town on behalf of the developers – Dave Holliday and Patrick Sowers – have both said that they removed the cash proffers in the amended proposal to reflect changes in the real estate market since 2007 and the housing market collapse.

“It’s very minor what we’re asking for, and it seems to me to make good sense,” Holliday said.

While both the town government and the developers agreed the valuation of the amended proffer decreased from its original, just how much it decreased was left uncertain.

Presenting to the town prior to the citizens’ comment forum, Holliday said the current town proposal is roughly $15,992 to the town, down $1,050 from 2007.

However, Planning Commission Chairman Mark Davis said the amended proposal also reduced a $500 proffer per unit down to $100 per unit, losing the town $72,000, along with reducing a separate proffer for police vehicles to $15,000 from $30,000.

Holliday conceded both points. He also added that the new proffer allots the town a 15-acre field to use as it wishes, while generating $1.9 million in revenue through sewer and water connection fees and increased consumer commercial demand on local business.

Should the development work its way through the Planning Commission and Town Council, Holliday estimates ground could be broken as soon as next spring.

The proposed development would be adjacent to Lord Fairfax Community College on the north side of town, north of Reliance Road.

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