Planning Commission OKs village proffer amendment

The Middletown Planning Commission issued its final stamp of approval Monday on a proffer amendment from the Village at Middletown before sending its recommendation to the council to accept.

Commission Chairman Mark Davis briefly read aloud excerpts from a letter from a representative of the Frederick County Department of Planning and Development before hosting the vote.

Most of the concerns from the county were finer points to be worked out in the developers’ more specific plan, which will be drawn up should council accept the planning commission’s recommendation.

The vote passed unanimously through the planning commission, which raised eyebrows from Scott Fink, the council’s liaison to the group.

“That’s the first time I’ve seen that happen in a long time,” Fink said.

The Village at Middletown, the subject of several meetings, public hearings and work sessions since its conception in 2007, will be located north of Reliance Road near Lord Fairfax Community College. It will consist of 180 single-family houses.

Although the proffer value to the town is lower than its original 2007 version, the development sailed through its public hearing last month with positive feedback from the one area resident who chose to speak.

Given the passing vote, Fink is set to take the proffer to the Town Council’s work session at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 for deliberation before its vote at its 7 p.m. Oct. 11 meeting.

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