|One of several properties on Gallows Road affected by a development proposal.|
The project is still in the design phase, so the exact number of units and other details haven’t been determined, says Laurie Strong of the Christopher Cos.
The property is a triangular-shaped, wooded site across the street from Woodburn Elementary School. The previous proposal called for 11 single-family homes along Gallows Road and Libeau Lane to be torn down to make way for a townhouse community. All but one homeowner had agreed to sell their properties to the Christopher Cos.
Nearby residents raised concerns about traffic congestion, school overcrowding, overflow parking, wildlife habitat destruction, and the potential for degrading the overall quality of life in the community.
A staff report from the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning recommended against approval of a comprehensive amendment that would raise density on the property from the current limit of two units per acre to eight.
The new proposal, by Christopher Land LLC, wouldn’t have an impact on school capacity, as the new homes would be restricted to people age 55 and older, Strong says. The company is proposing to seek approval from the Virginia Department of Transportation for two new traffic signals.
A Planning Commission hearing on the application would tentatively take place on Oct. 4, and the project would be presented to the Mason District Land Use Committee before then.
The offer to purchase the homes on the property has been extended. The sales won’t take place until the county approves a rezoning application.