It will likely be the New Year before there’s any decision about a controversial townhouse project in Leesburg’s southern quadrant.
The Montfair development is proposed near the intersection of Hope Parkway and Sycolin Road. In its initial appearance before the Leesburg Planning Commission last year, a proposal to build 62 townhouses on the 7.4-acre site drew the ire of neighbors. The applicant had requested both a rezoning from R-1 to PRN (Planned Residential Neighborhood) and a Town Plan amendment to accommodate the project.
After the commission recommended denial of the Town Plan amendment, it granted the applicant, Park Street Beauregard Development, LLC, two requested extensions to retool its plans. The most recent extension would have expired at month’s end, prompting the applicant’s representative to appear before the commission Thursday night.
Christine Gleckner, land use planner with Walsh Colucci, told the commission that the applicant looked at a reduction in density following its meetings with the commission and the stiff opposition voiced by surrounding communities, particularly the nearby Beauregard Estates neighborhood. However, “that just was not going to work financially,” for the applicant, she said. Gleckner cited the “high infrastructure costs” associated with the steeply-sloped project site.
The proposed changes, which still need to undergo staff review, would only delete three townhouse units, but would provide a 75-foot setback from the Beauregard Estates neighborhood. That would be supplemented with fencing and landscaping to provide screening, she said. A formal submission to the town with the revised plans is expected within the next 30 days, which could potentially put the application back before the Planning Commission in January.
Gleckner requested, and was granted, another six-month extension from the commission, which now puts its critical action date on the application at March 31, 2019.
Commissioner Jo Ann Walker was absent for Thursday’s meeting.