Developers of Blue Ridge Shadows plan change again

FRONT ROYAL – Developers of Blue Ridge Shadows again want to change the make-up of the large, long-planned subdivision.

Warren County Planning Director Taryn Logan gave members of the Development Review Committee this week information on D.R. Horton’s proposals for the subdivision off U.S. 340-522. The developers recently changed their plans from seeking approval to build “age-targeted” homes to “age-restricted” dwellings, Logan said.

The Planning Commission recently tabled action on a request by D.R. Horton to rezone part of Blue Ridge Shadows to allow for “age-targeted” homes. The commission held a public hearing on the request.

“The applicant came with a lot of new proffers just not in written form,” Logan recalled.

D.R. Horton’s request initially called for rezoning 36 acres of the Blue Ridge Shadows property to allow for the construction of 75 age-targeted homes in lieu of market-rate dwellings. The developer now wants to classify 44 of these homes as age restricted, Logan said of one of the proposed changes to the proffers.

The developers also need to receive approval from the Department of Environmental Quality for a stormwater retention pond to accommodate runoff from the next phase of the project. County Building Official David Beahm said D.R. Horton had received his local approval for its erosion and sediment control permit. The original design for the development included the pond. Beahm said the pond had been under DEQ scrutiny for several years. The new design again features the pond. The developer received notice about three weeks ago that they still need DEQ to approve the drainage pond, Beahm said.

“That may hold up anything they can do,” Beahm said.

The number of homes proposed for the development likely triggered some requirements from DEQ, Beahm explained.

The developer also needs to upgrade Shadows Drive and the bridge into the subdivision to Virginia Department of Transportation standards in order for the state agency to take over maintenance of the road. A VDOT engineer has advised the developer that it needs to correct problems with the bridge. The bridge remains safe in spite of the design not meeting VDOT standards, the developer’s attorney, John Foote, has said.

The previously approved rezoning calls for 225 market-rate homes along with a golf course and clubhouse. The developer has built 81 single-family homes and 24 townhouses, according to information provided by Foote. Shadows Drive remains the only access point into the development.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com.