Lake Anna will soon have its first waterfront “age in place” community with the approval of rezoning Sunset Coves in a 4-3 vote by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors on Monday, June 2.
The approval comes after months of tweaks on the project by county planning staff, the planning commission and extensive review by the supervisors, as well as plenty of input by citizens, many who opposed the requested planned unit development (PUD) zoning.
“As everyone knows, this has been a very emotionally charged issue for everyone,” Supervisor Stephanie Koren (Mineral District) said. “When I decided to run for supervisor, I promised to listen to my constituents and listen to the entire story—all the facts.”
For that reason, Koren said, she would oppose development.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t say everything I felt. I believe the county does need to do something with respect to cluster housing,” Koren said. “The other thing I want to mention is that Sunset Coves development has a lot of good qualities about it.”
The most repeated concerns of opponents centered on potential safety issues caused by additional boat traffic and docks on the lake, as well as fears that allowing a PUD development would create a precedent for potentially high-density developments at Lake Anna. Those concerns were again repeated at the board meeting.
Under the former R-2 zoning, developer Gary Griffith would have been able to construct 77 homes on .918-acre lots by right. In his PUD zoning request, Griffith proffered the same number of homes, but on smaller lots clustered near the waterfront.
In clustering the homes on parcels between one-quarter and three-quarters of an acre, Griffith said that items such as mowing lawns and shoveling snow could occur with greater ease for those residents who want a maintenance-free lifestyle.
To read the entire story, see the June 5 edition of The Central Virginian.