Zion housing development hearing set

One developer hoping to build housing in Zion Crossroads found support from county leaders, while another was rejected. Now a third is seeking their blessing.

Get Captive LLC will ask the Louisa County Planning Commission on Nov. 14 to rezone about 35 acres on the south side of Interstate 64 for a planned unit development. The project includes 138,000 square feet of commercial space, 229 apartments and 93 townhouses.

The property is adjacent to the University of Virginia dialysis center on the east side of James Madison Highway (Route 15).

The developer previously sought to rezone the land from commercial to residential use, but withdrew its application on Sept. 24. The planned unit designation is intended to give county officials more assurance of how the development will look when it is built out.

The last housing proposal to come before county officials was at Sommerfield Business Park, at the northern end of Zion Crossroads. The developer in that case sought a conditional use permit for apartments on land zoned for industry. County staff encouraged the landowner, Charles Purcell, to rezone his land to planned unit development instead, but he declined. The Louisa County Board of Supervisors voted against the project at their Sept. 4 meeting.  

The board approved rezoning 113 acres behind Walmart at their Aug. 5 meeting to planned unit development to allow 599 housing units and 275,000 square feet of commercial space.

As with the first two proposals, Get Captive’s project is likely to be scrutinized by area residents as well as officials for how it will affect the public water supply. Until water from the James River arrives, Zion Crossroads will continue to rely on the county’s Green Springs wells.  

The planning commission’s public hearing will begin on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the county office building.