FRONT ROYAL — The Town Council soon will further discuss whether the town should supply water to a proposed housing development west of Target.
Plans for that development, proposed by Crooked Run West LLC, include over 1,000 homes and shops.
Before that happens, the town must agree to supply the development with water and the county must rezone the land from commercial to residential.
Councilman Eugene Tewalt noted that the town and county have a memorandum of understanding stating that the town will supply 40,000 gallons of water per day to commercial properties in the Winchester Road Corridor. If the town approves Crooked Run West’s request, that agreement would have to be amended.
Councilwoman Letasha Thompson requested during a Monday work session that she would like a public hearing and vote on the request because the decision is “in our court now.”
Town Manager Joe Waltz said the ball is indeed in the town’s court, as his interpretation of town code is that the town would have to vote whether to supply water before the county approves the rezoning.
During an April work session, all council members but Jacob Meza voiced opposition to supplying the development with water and a vote was never taken.
Meza said a lot of details must be discussed and that he would like to know exactly what kind of development Crooked Run West is planning. He added that he would also like to be given a forecast of future development within town limits.
“I know we bounced around a lot of different conversation points. I would just like the data that supports that...I’m definitely open to it but if there are things that make it logistically impossible for us to do, I completely understand that,” Meza said.
The council will discuss the water request during its next work session.
Town Council also entered a closed session to discuss a request by Councilman Chris Holloway to have the town sell or vacate a right-of-way on his property.
The motion to enter the closed session states that the council would “convene and go into Closed Meeting for the disposition of publicly held real property, specifically the sale or vacation of Town right of way to applicant.”
When the work session was adjourned to enter the closed session, Holloway exited the meeting room and did not participate in the discussion.
The motion states that “discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of Town Council.”