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Development back on agenda
Rezoning for proposed Clift Farm Quarter development continued until May 1 meeting.

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Date published: 3/8/2012

BY KATIE THISDELL

Stafford County is considering its largest rezoning in the county in nearly a decade.

While the Clift Farm Quarter development has many guaranteed supporters because of its plans for athletic fields, members of the Board of Supervisors voiced concerns Tuesday about many details of the project.

No decision will be made on the rezoning of the site in central Stafford until May at the earliest.

A public hearing Tuesday lasted past midnight, disappointing many residents who waited until 11 p.m. to speak.

Supervisors and the applicant's attorney chose to continue the discussion on May 1. The public hearing may be continued on that date as well.

D.R. Horton Inc. is asking the county to rezone 141 acres just south of of the intersection of U.S. 1 and Eskimo Hill Road. The land is east of Stafford Regional Airport and west of the Rappahannock Regional Landfill.

"I haven't had anything like it in my two years. That's why we're asking a lot of questions," board Chairwoman Susan Stimpson said. "We're trying to get to know the project and understand it."

The development would be within both the Falmouth and Aquia districts.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based developer wants to change the zoning from agricultural use to Planned Traditional Neighborhood Design, or PTND. This calls for compact, pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods with a mix of commercial and residential uses, a variety of housing types, and public places where residents can socialize.

Clift Farm would include a maximum of 585 residential units--a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and multi-family units.

The last major rezoning in Stafford came in 2003 when supervisors cleared the remaining hurdles for the nearly 1,5000-acre Celebrate Virginia North off U.S. 17 after several years of debate.

Clift Farm Quarter would make up 60 percent of the density planned for the Eskimo Hill Urban Development Area, one of seven in the designated high-growth areas in Stafford.

Supervisors are concerned about the impact that this many homes would have on the county school system and roads.

Also included is a maximum of 206,500 square feet of commercial space. Of that, 24,500 square feet would be located centrally in the development.

The UDA plans call for 200 acres with 879 dwellings and 588,000 square feet of commercial space.


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