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Developer goes to Plan B with controversial Whitehall project in Spotsylvania

 A Silver Cos. proposal for Sherwood Farm on State Route 3 is one of several large-scale rezonings being considered in Stafford.
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Date published: 10/18/2004



Waddy, who couldn't be reached last week, told a reporter a few weeks after the May meeting: "I just told them we can't keep on approving these developments, because you have to provide services for them. I'm not going to put that burden on the taxpayers.

"We need more commercial. We've got to pick up on the commercial and slow down on this residential growth."

Realizing that it had lost Waddy's crucial vote, the developer went to Plan B.

Dory Winkelman, senior vice president of Diane Cox Basheer Properties, said Friday there was little choice.

"Given the sentiments expressed, we realized there was an exceedingly steep hill," Winkelman said. "We really don't like to be antagonistic to any of the communities where we are, so we worked through the summer to come up with a [new] plan." The rezoning request was withdrawn.

"Nobody was questioning the quality of their project and design. It had a lot of great attributes," said Chancellor District Supervisor Hap Connors. "The number of houses and traffic was a big hurdle."

Connors suggested the developers revamp the plan by lowering the density and bumping up the commercial area.

"On that much land, they could do some additional clustering. They could develop by right, make money and do the right thing [preservation] at the same time," Connors said.

Diane Cox Basheer Properties submitted a preliminary plan for by-right development on Oct. 4, according to Spotsylvania Planning Manager Wanda Parrish.

Most of the lots would be clustered on the northern end of the tract, where sewer connections are available. Four large lots would abut Jackson Trail East.

Following a comment and review period, the plan will go back to the Planning Commission, then a final site plan would have to be prepared and the lots recorded before building could begin.

"Certainly next year they could be under construction, maybe summertime," Parrish said.

Russ Smith, superintendent of the military park, said last week that the by-right plan provides no buffer to shield Jackson Trail East from the subdivision.

"Now, it appears that the project would be spread out over the whole property," he said. The Park Service was an ardent supporter of the original plan, saying the preservation benefits outweighed traffic concerns.

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