After selling the last of the more than 2,000 homes that make up its Charter Colony development, one of the area’s largest home builders is planning an expansion that would add nearly 500 more.
HHHunt Communities is seeking zoning approval for Charter Colony West, a 495-home addition to Charter Colony that would fill 157 acres along the east side of Highway 288, just north of the Woolridge Road interchange.
The development would consist of 120 townhouses and 375 single-family homes described as “cluster style”, with land areas not exceeding 4,500 square feet.
HHHunt filed plans for the project in January, according to a preview on its website. The zoning change and connectivity exemption requests are expected to go to the Chesterfield County Planning Commission at its regular meeting today.
In a report to the commission, county planning staff recommend approving both requests, although planners say in the same document that they cannot fully support them because HHHunt’s plans do not adequately address the impacts of development on transport infrastructure and road safety. The development is expected to generate 4,500 daily trips on average.
The county’s policy of providing liquidity to cover these impacts calculates the total impact of the development, based on its number and style of houses, at approximately $ 4.23 million. HHHunt maintains that it is investing as much in planned road improvements, including an extension of Charter Park Drive across the site, but staff argue that the off-site improvements would only amount to $ 500,000.
Jeff Geiger, a Hirschler attorney representing HHHunt, said the company is seeking credit for the extension and other improvements, including an off-site traffic light at the main entrance to the development at Charter Park and Woolridge. Charter Park would be expanded to connect with Old Otterdale Road to the north.
“From an applicant’s perspective, we are building a trunk road in the county that the county has identified as a need, and we are providing the capacity they need for the grid,” Geiger said. “In return for this, we are providing a road that goes beyond what is necessary to serve our community. “
He added: “We think we are improving the network and asking for credit for the construction of the county road. “
Despite this dispute, staff recommend approval of the file as a whole, with final approval coming from the supervisory board. If the matter proceeds today, supervisors would address it at their September 22 meeting.
Planned as an extension to the west of Charter Colony, the project would continue the larger community development model, with sidewalks, street trees, internal pedestrian connections, a bike path and shared use trails, and a amenity area with swimming pool and recreational features.
The facades of the houses would vary in appearance, with no more than seven row houses grouped together. The sizes of the houses and the prices are not specified in the documents.
The property consists of four plots of different ownership. According to its website, HHHunt is under contract to purchase the land, on which it made an offer “after learning that the property was on the market and others were considering its development.”
The county recently valued the four plots at $ 1.92 million collectively.
The project is the latest for HHHunt, which, in addition to Charter Colony, is responsible for other blueprint communities such as Wyndham, Wellesley, and Twin Hickory in Henrico, as well as the 1,000-home River Mill near Virginia Center Commons. .
Further north along the 288 in Chesterfield, HHHunt recently received approval for over 2,000 homes near the Westchester Commons. And across the river, he’s also developing an age-restricted 520-home development next to the Capital One campus in Goochland County.