Developer seeks more time for project

FRONT ROYAL – A developer again needs more time to file papers to the town because Leach Run Parkway remains incomplete.

HEPTAD LLC recently submitted a request for an extension to submit the required development plan. HEPTAD, represented by the law firm of Lawson and Silek, asked for a one-year extension to Dec. 3, 2017, to submit the plan.

Town Council discussed the request at its work session Monday and voiced support for approving the deadline extension. Planning Director Jeremy Camp said his department doesn’t oppose the request. Camp told council that the developer says they need the extension because they can’t market the property without the access to the site that Leach Run Parkway would provide.

Council approved one-year extensions based on the fact that the parkway remained incomplete.

“I think this position next year the road will be complete and that argument will be removed and there might be a different story,” Camp said.

In response to a question from Councilman John Connolly, Camp said an applicant can request extensions for up to one year at a time. Town Code doesn’t limit the number of extensions an applicant can receive.

Should council deny the extension, the developer would need to submit a new concept plan, Camp said.

The developer’s attorneys argued for an extension in their letter of request.

“While there have been discussions, no one has yet put forward a contract,” the letter states. “Indeed, the feedback which my client has received during their discussions was that a contract proposal would have to wait until the Leach Run Parkway construction was completed in order to determine the most feasible and marketable development configuration.

Town Code requires the submission of a development plan for projects in the Planned Neighborhood Development District. The code states that within one year of approval of a Master Land Use Plan for development of a Planned Neighborhood, prior to the approval of building permits, the applicant shall prepare and submit for review and approval an engineered Development Plan, along with the fee as established in the approved schedule of fees. The applicant may ask for an extension at least 20 days before the expiration of the one-year period.

HEPTAD owns the proposed development known as Swan Estate or HEPTAD. Leach Run Parkway would cut through, and serve as the primary access to HEPTAD.

The town approved the Master Land Use Plan for HEPTAD in 2012 with proffers that include a limit of 450 dwellings on the 98.25-acre property. Part of the property on the east side of the parkway would be designated for commercial uses and adjoins land owned by Valley Health. Proffers also include cash to the town for the construction of the parkway, to Warren County for the impact to the school system, and a future road connection to Westminster Drive.

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