Middletown to host public hearing on development

The Middletown Planning Commission will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. today for residents to offer comment on an amended proffer from potential developers.

Representatives from the Village of Middletown first drafted proffers in 2007 containing 225 single-family homes and 24 more units over a commercial zone, along with cash injections to the Wayside Theater and a new athletic field to be shared with Lord Fairfax Community College.

However, the process stalled in light of the recession and housing market collapse.

The new version of the proffer would bring fewer homes (180 single family units) along with the 24 in a commercial zone to Middletown. It also omits the cash injections due to the selling of the theater and discontinued interest from the college.

Planning Commission Chairman Mark Davis said he was disappointed with the lack of cash proffers for the town, but overall thinks the development would be a great start to grow the town.

“I know that some people in town government aren’t too happy about it (the omitted proffers), but we recognize value of the development as well,” he said.

Patrick Sowers, a senior project engineer for the project with Pennoni engineering, said despite the omitted cash proffers, the added population will give healthy growth to the town.

“It should be a positive impact,” he said. “The town can grow, I think it wants to grow, and this plan is a smart way for it to grow.”

In an August Planning Commission meeting, committee Davis estimated the amended proffer is worth about two-thirds the value of its 2007 draft.

Sowers said the cash proffers were not replaced elsewhere to reflect a changed economy.

The proposed development will border Lord Fairfax Community College, on the north end of town just north of Reliance Road.

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