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"New Town" project proposed in Yorktown VA near Kiln Creek

The owner of land near Kiln Creek Shopping Center has asked the York County Planning commission to rezone  45.9 acres of land located at the end of Commonwealth Drive ( Behind Kiln Creek Shopping Center) to create a mixed-use development (Commonwealth Green)  consisting of 444 residential units and at least 40,610 square feet of commercial space. The proposed dwelling units include 334 rental apartments, (plus 50 apartments on the Newport News side of the jurisdictional boundary), 94 townhouses and duplexes, and 16 “live-above” units (i.e., owner-occupied residential units above ground floor retail/office use).
This would make the third mixed used development in York County wit the recent approvals of Nelson’s Grant (112 units) and Yorktown Crescent (210 units), at the intersection of Route 17 and Fort Eustis Boulevard. Neither project has been built yet, but site work is underway for Nelson’s Grant, with construction expected by the middle of next year

UPDATE

The York County Planning Commission has recommended the Board of Supervisors approve an application to build a mixed-used development with 444 residential units near Kiln Creek. The commission’s 4-2 vote to recommend approval went against York County staff’s recommendation to deny it.

The property, located at 501 Commonwealth Drive ( behind Kiln Creek shopping center)  and is designated in the Comprehensive Plan for Economic Opportunity with a Mixed Use overlay.

Location Map of proposed Commonwealth Green in Yorktown VA

location map for commonwealth green yorktown va


The York County planning staff after it’s review of the plans is recommending that the Board of Supervisors deny the approval of the plan . The planning staff believes the proposed development is not generally consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the intent of the PDMU ordinance. The planning staff  feels that in other respects – compactness, walkability, integration of land uses, and the balance between residential and commercial uses – the project is not consistent with the mixed-use concept or the Comprehensive Plan’s vision for this area.


As proposed there would be a total of 16 apartment buildings, four of which – encompassing a minimum of fifty units – would be located in the City of Newport News on property that is already zoned for multi-family housing and does not need to be rezoned.  The second component consists of 16 groupings of townhouses located along a new road extending from the Commonwealth Drive extension all the way to Route 17.
The third component in Commonwealth Green consists of three mixed-use “live-above” buildings with residential units above ground-floor retail uses and a separate two-story commercial building with office and retail uses. . In addition, the applicant proposes to construct an 1,800-square foot multi-use “town center” building on the east side of the Commonwealth Drive extension across from the apartment section. Intended to serve as a focal point for the community, the “town center” building and site would have picnic tables, open areas for planned events, a fountain water feature, park benches, and restroom facilities

One scenario, referred to as the “County Average” analysis, is based on population and school enrollment multipliers (i.e., an assumed number of residents and school students per housing unit that the Wessex Group attributes to the County), while the second scenario, referred to as the “Comparable” analysis, is based on multipliers derived from an examination of three developments – two in Indiana and one in Midlothian, Virginia – that the analyst considers comparable to Commonwealth Green in terms of price, size, and the character of the neighborhood.
The results of these two analyses differ markedly. The “Comparable” analysis yields a positive fiscal impact, with the net present value of the cumulative fiscal impact over twenty years calculated to be $6.6 million. This is based on an assumed average household size of 1.39 persons and 0.084 school student per housing unit.

The “County Average” assumptions, however, result in a negative fiscal impact calculated to be -$1.7 million. This is based on an assumed average of 2.78 persons and 0.33 school student per household. (Although the fiscal impact analysis attributes these multipliers to the Planning staff, staff does not consider an average household size of 2.78 – which was the County average reported in the 2000 Census – to be realistic for this development. Rather, staff estimates that the development is likely to generate an average of 2.14 residents and 0.34 student per housing unit, based on the County’s experience with other apartment, condominium, and townhouse developments.) Since the difference between staff’s and the analyst’s school student multipliers accounts for most of the difference between the “County Average” and “Comparable” analyses, adjusting the average household size from 2.78 to 2.14 would still result in a negative fiscal impact – albeit less negative – under the “County Average” scenario.

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