|The Campbell and Ferrara nursery is slated for townhouse development|
Annandale residents who want to preserve the character of well-established neighborhoods need to let our elected leaders know why it’s important to maintain our quality of life.
Opponents of a proposed housing development on the Campbell and Ferrara property on Little River Turnpike will be making their case at a public hearing before the Fairfax County Planning Commission tonight.
The Mason District Council (MDC) of Community Associations is urging the commission to oppose a rezoning request that would allow Stanley Martin Homes to squeeze 35 town houses into the back lot of the Campbell and Ferrera plant nursery at Little River Turnpike and Willow Run Drive. The proposal calls for the property to be zoned under the planned housing development (PDH) category, which allows more density than under conventional residential zoning.
Several residents of the Willow Run neighborhood, including civic association President Jack Haberle, spoke out against the development at a meeting of the Mason District Land Use Committee last month.
MDC Land Use Chair Kate Sriwardene sent a letter to the planning commission urging it to reject the rezoning request for several reasons:
- The density of the proposed project is too great and it does not conform to the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The developer even admitted that not enough parking spaces would be provided and is proposing covenants to require homeowners to use their garages for cars and not for storage. “This fact alone illustrates that there are far too many houses on this parcel,” Sriwardene says.
- The increase in traffic will change the character of the neighborhood, and suggested traffic calming methods will not significantly mitigate the dramatic increase in cut-through traffic, speeding, and noise.
- Stormwater concerns have not been adequately addressed, especially considering the poor condition of the soil and the drastic increase in impermeable space. Sriwardene calls it “outrageous” that under the PDH zoning classification, the stormwater facilities would be maintained by the homeowners association rather than the county.
- PDH is not a desirable zoning designation for residential areas in the Mason District. An increase number of developers seem to be seeking PDH zoning, which was designed for “innovative” land use designs, to squeeze more units into small properties - and maximize their profits.