The Metropolitan Development Group will hold a second resident input meeting on its proposed 130-home development at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Lovettsville Game Club.
Earlier this year, Metropolitan proposed to build 129 single-family homes and 29,000-square-feet of commercial space on the 35-acre Engle Tract behind the town’s post office. Residents will have the chance next week to hear about the developer’s new plans, which include one additional home, different floor plans and more green space buffering the area between them and the New Town Meadows neighborhood.
To move forward with that project, the Town Council will need to approve a comprehensive plan amendment that would plan for the land to be used for mixed use. Metropolitan on Aug. 6 formally requested the town consider such an amendment. That request includes increasing the anticipated number of homes to be built in town between mid-2016 and mid-2026 from 173 to 303 and increasing the anticipated population by mid-2026 from 539 to 945.
Once, and if, the Town Council approves the amendment, it will also have to approve a rezoning of the property from commercial/light industrial to Traditional Neighborhood Development – Mixed Use. The Planning Commission would draft and recommend the comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning document.
At Metropolitan’s first community meeting in May, residents raised concern about the development regarding potential school overcrowding, increased traffic and an overall lessening of Lovettsville’s small-town feel.
For more information, call the town at 540-822-5788.