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Community Meeting on Ironbound Road Widening Set for August 26

Have you driven down Ironbound Rd near New Town lately ? Have you wondered why all of the trees and shrubs are gone ? Some people in James City County want to know why  we are spending tax dollars to widen Ironbound Road. They also question what the real benefit is  for taking property from senior citizens to widen that road?

To respond to those and similar questions representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and James City County will be available to discuss the recent VDOT road widening effort on Ironbound Road near the New Town area at 7 p.m. on August 26, 2009 at the Human Services Building, 5249 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg, VA.  You can call  259-5422 for information about the meeting.

There had been a public hearing on this matter way back in 2006. The  proposed improvements discussed in detail at that time dealt with widening Ironbound Road (Route 615) between Strawberry Hill Road (Route 616) and Longhill Connector Road (Route 615). They included widening portions of the road from two lanes to four, with two travel lanes in each direction, intersection improvements, additional turn lanes, and a shared use recreational path.

Click here to see a map of the Ironbound Road Widening Project area.

Colonial Heritage Proposes Affordable Housing for families with children ?

Excerpts From an article in the VA Gazette By Cortney Langley
It seems that Colonial Heritage, a 55+ active adult community in James City County is trying to rezone 220 acres of the development in order to build workforce/ affordable housing.

In 2004 when the housing market was hot, the age-restricted community rezoned the land for 50 upscale homes on 3-acre lots. That never happened.

Last year Colonial Heritage applied to include the parcel in the Primary Service Area for water and sewerage. That still hangs in the balance. Kaufman & Canoles attorney Greg Davis, who represents Colonial Heritage, said that members of the Comp Plan Steering Committee seemed amenable to trading off well and septic systems in favor of water and sewers, but they were concerned what could be built there by-right. “So we left that meeting and decided to file a zoning application,” Davis said.
This time, the application calls for at least 50 workforce townhouses on 64 acres. Senior planner Jason Purse said another 85 acres would be set aside in a conservation easement, and the remaining 70 acres would roll into the existing Colonial Heritage.
The total housing units cap of 2,000  would not change. Workforce housing is suddenly fashionable because of a glut of high-end homes. “We think [workforce housing] makes it much more attractive to the county,” Davis said, noting that the clustering would allow for open vistas and green-space, while the site on Jolly Pond Road is near the new ninth elementary and fourth middle schools. Planning staff is going through its first review of the workforce housing, Purse said. It is not expected to reach the Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors for months.

If approved, the Colonial Heritage workforce housing could create a headache for Williamsburg/ James City County  Schools. The ninth elementary is intended to ease overcrowding at other schools. Workforce housing typically produces more children than upscale and retirement developments, and this project wasn’t factored into the latest enrollment projections. The fourth middle school is expected to open as James Blair Middle closes for conversion into central office, shifting its students west. Capital funding for Blair may not be included when James City County releases its proposed budget next week. Williamsburg city manager Jack Tuttle hinted that was likely when the city budget was released. If so, the school division may be forced to press James Blair Middle School back into service