Update: The July 20 public hearing on the Brickyard application has been postponed at the applicant’s request. A new date has not yet been set.
With 2016 seeing the Leesburg Town Council approve the construction of new residential units in the hundreds, the first half of 2017 has been relatively quiet by comparison.
But Thursday’s trip to the Planning Commission looks to be the start of the next hot debate, with the start of reviewing the proposed Brickyard development.
Andre Inc. seeks to rezone just more than eight acres from R-6 to Planned Residential Neighborhood to allow for the construction of 59 townhouses. Twenty of those units are designated for “live/work” and will include ground floor office space. The property is behind the Leesburg Plaza Shopping Center and in the rear of the Leesburg Police Department and the Fields apartments, off Plaza Street. The land is mostly wooded.
While part of the property lies within the Crescent Design District, the application was accepted for review by the town before those policies were adopted, meaning it is exempt from those regulations. Prior to that, the area was targeted for commercial development.
In February 2004, the site had a by-right preliminary site plan approved for almost 100,000 square feet of development including a restaurant, bank, and offices. But that site plan has expired.
Because the application was received by the town in 2012, prior to the enactment of new proffer limitations imposed by the General Assembly, it is not subject to those new standards. In addition to on-site recreation amenities, proffers offered by the applicant include the construction of a sidewalk linking the development to Plaza Street; a commitment to designing and constructing ENERGY STAR, or energy efficient rating equivalent, homes; and about $1 million in cash contributions for school construction, parks and recreation, transportation and fire-rescue.
The initial public hearing on the Brickyard application is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Leesburg Planning Commission meeting in Town Hall. The application is expected to come back for a future work session.