By Judy Stearns.
In an effort to take opinions from nearby property owners, a Charrette on the design process for the proposed Purcellville Crossroads development was held Thursday, March 3 at the Carver Center in Purcellville. Attending were 67 people from those invited: Wright Farm subdivision, adjacent property owners (about 40 of those residents combined attended) Purcellville Town Council (Council members Joan Lehr, John Nave and Karen Jimmerson) town and county staff, and the press. This is the third meeting with stakeholders and changes to the project have been made after each session. The park and ride was dropped and buffers were added around the perimeter to name a few of the changes.
Purcellville Crossroads is a proposed mixed use development (residential, commercial, retail and entertainment) located to the north of the bypass and west of Rt. 287/Berlin Turnpike on a little over 50 acres, by Brad Kline of Kline and Associates. The applicant has asked for annexation into the town of Purcellville. If annexed in, the applicant would have to request a rezoning for the proposed uses. It is currently zoned A-3 residential in the county also with by- right and Special Exception uses. Annexation would provide the development with town water and sewer.
The Charrette came about after the Town Council voted 4-3 to ask the county for its input as part of the process for annexation and Kline set up the meeting to "open dialogue and get feedback."
Kline, the applicant, Pat Quante and Mark Baker, Principals with Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd, and two landscape architects, Ben Rose and John Elkins, were on hand to facilitate the Charrette.
Quante displayed a rendering of the property on an easel as a "blank sheet of paper" and opened the meeting up to suggested alternative uses which were recorded on a large sheet of paper. Although Kline, Baker and Quante were there to gather input and work with residents on alternative uses, there was resistance to the project as a whole with only A-3 residential overwhelmingly supported (approximately 36 homes). More lights, increased traffic and inadequate ingress and egress from the development were concerns expressed. In summary, residents objected to the change in the rural nature and small town feel that residents desired and expected to remain unchanged when they moved to the area.
Green stickers were provided so people could place them on their preferences. A-3 was blanketed with stickers followed by Park (19 stickers), Affordable Senior Housing (12), Arts Center (12), Active Adult (7), Country Inn (6), Assisted Living (5), Restaurant (6), Boutique (4), Specialty Food Store (4), Community Center (3), Movie Theater (3), Single family detached (2), Seafood (2), Bowling Alley (1) and Child Care (1).
Kline said that he is not going to develop the property at A-3 and is "exploring by-right uses" as an alternative. Â They are permitted and permissible uses by Special Exception meeting the current existing zoning in the JLMA-3 area (Joint Land Management Area). The categories for those uses are: Residential, Public/Institutional Agriculture, Commercial Uses and Industrial Uses with examples such as continuing care for the elderly, child care, banquet venue, outdoor recreation, office and animal hospital , and church, synagogue or temple.
After the Charrette, Kline said of the entertainment facility as proposed, "It does not have support so we are modifying the plans with other commercial uses."
As part of the annexation process, the County and Town Council would hold separate public hearings; however, nothing has been scheduled. If annexed in, the Town would be the sole body to decide the rezoning.
Kline said the input would be taken into consideration and another public session would be held in 30 - 60 days.