Leesburg Commission Grants Montfair Extension

The applicants behind a controversial rezoning application will have some more to revise their plans before the Planning Commission votes on the project.

Montfair is located near the intersection of Hope Parkway and Sycolin Road. The applicants last week were granted an extension to file new plans, with a new action deadline of Sept. 30.

The application first came before the commission in the spring with a request for both a Town Plan amendment and rezoning to permit the construction of 62 townhouses on the 7.4-acre site. Neighborhood opposition to the application was stiff, and the commission was not very supportive either, voting to recommend denial of the Town Plan amendment. The panel had held off on voting on the rezoning from R-1 to PRN (Planned Residential Neighborhood) to give the applicant some time to retool the plans.

The Planning Commission typically has 100 days from the initial public hearing on a project to issue a recommendation to the Town Council. The first extension was granted to Montfair applicants, Park Street Beauregard Development, LLC, in June, giving them until Dec. 31 to come back before the commission. With that date around the corner, the applicant, represented by the Walsh Colucci law firm, asked for another nine months to come back before commissioners with revised plans.

According to a letter submitted to town staff by Walsh Colucci’s Christine Gleckner, “the applicant has been analyzing reduced residential density options as well as possible commercial options for use of the property,” but, “due to the difficulties of site development, finding an economically viable option for this property has been challenging, since either multi-family or townhouse residential has long been the owner’s vision for the property.”

The extestion request was granted in a 5-1-1 vote, with Vice Chairwoman Gigi Robinson opposed and Chair Lyndsay Welsh Chamblin absent for the meeting.

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