By Kara C. Rodriguez
The applicant for the Crescent Parke rezoning application in Leesburg has asked the Town Council to delay a vote on the project.
Christine Gleckner, the land use planner from Walsh Colucci that is representing the applicant, addressed the council during its Monday night work session. She said the applicant wishes to revise some of its submitted proffers and would not be prepared for a vote Tuesday night, as was originally anticipated.
Members of the public were still expected to be able to address the council on the project Tuesday night. It appears that the public hearing will also remain open for the June 28 council business meeting, when a vote on the project could take place.
The 53-acre Crescent Parke application seeks approval for 198 townhouses, 96 stacked townhouses and 96 multifamily dwelling units. Nonresidential uses would include a maximum of 110,550 square feet of office space, 137,175 square feet of retail, an area for a future hotel, and a 2,000-square-foot community room. The land stretches from the terminus of Gateway Drive to Davis Drive along the edge of the Leesburg Bypass.
The property also includes the Olde Izaak Walton Park, land currently leased by the town but which the developers would donate to the town. As currently written, the application would also contribute a reservation of land for a future extension of the Dulles Greenway.
Monday night was the council’s first opportunity to ask questions of town staff and the applicant about the project. The application has been met largely with resistance from those who have previously reviewed it.
The Planning Commission failed to find a majority to recommend approval, or even denial, of the application, and after months of review, it was passed to the council with no recommendation in either direction. Commissioners, and now council members, have sounded caution about the impacts the project could have on area roads and the watershed, as well as questions as to whether the proffers submitted are adequate to address some of its impacts.
Although the applicant is proffering to purchase the park land and donate it to the town, potentially ending a lease the town currently still has 13 years left to pay, no funds are included to address improvements to the property, which includes a pond, community building and dog park. Another concern that has been voiced is whether the project provides an adequate buffer between it and surrounding communities.
Although Gleckner said the applicant wanted to hear council members’ concerns Monday night before beginning to revise its proffers, one change now being proposed is the addition of a study, conducted by a third party expert, to ascertain what changes should be implemented to address storm water concerns within the property.