An application to rezone land to accommodate a townhome community next to Leesburg’s Costco has another date before the Town Council.
For the second time in as many business meetings, council members voted to defer a decision on a Town Plan Amendment and rezoning for the River Creek Village application. Kettler’s application proposes a 64-unit townhouse community between the Costco and Edwards Landing neighborhood off Edwards Ferry Road. The almost 14-acre property is zoned for commercial development, but Kettler is seeking a change to a Planned Residential Neighborhood designation. A Town Plan amendment to allow medium-density residential development on the parcel of land is also proposed. There is a previously approved site plan on the land in question for B-3 commercial development, but the representative for the applicant, Christine Gleckner of Walsh Colucci, noted at a previous meeting that as the contract purchaser on the property Kettler wishes to develop residential.
At its initial appearance before the council on June 26, council members held off on a decision in order to allow the applicant to supply an updated proffer conditions statement to include the erection of a fence to provide some separation between the homes and Costco. This week, council members said there remained some unanswered questions about the application, and Gleckner said the developer was amenable to another deferral.
Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox questioned some of the figures put forward in a fiscal impact study on the subject property, while Councilman Joshua Thiel had reached out to the applicant with questions regarding parking. Councilman Marty Martinez said he had also been asked by two members of the town’s Planning Commission – Gigi Robinson and Doris Kidder – to address a number of concerns about the development, including its HOA documents. Councilman Tom Dunn also asked what any commercial project on the property would look like if the residential rezoning is not approved.
Council members unanimously voted to continue discussion on the application at their Aug. 14 meeting.