Nearly a year after it was first proposed, a 520-home age-restricted community in Goochland County’s eastern end has received the go-ahead from the county Board of Supervisors.
On Tuesday night, after debating the matter for several hours, the board voted 4-0 to approve what will be the largest residential development in the county.
The project, brought forward by the Henrico County-based developer HHHunt Communities, will feature a mix of single-family dwellings and town homes on 207 acres in the West Creek office park.
The project, called Mosaic at West Creek, will feature a residential community for people 55 and older.
The plan is to build 520 homes and amenities, including a clubhouse with outdoor entertaining features, a pool, walking trails and open green spaces off Tuckahoe Creek Parkway near Capital One Financial Corp.’s West Creek campus.
While supporters of the project touted economic benefits, including the $1.5 million in additional estimated revenue and the development’s low impact on schools and roads, residents opposed to it urged supervisors to keep the county’s rural character in mind as they made their decisions.
The development will be required to have at least 80 percent of its units occupied by those 55 and older, and no one younger than 19 will be permitted to reside in the units.
To begin construction, the developer required that the land be rezoned from industrial to residential.
Although residential development was not originally part of the design for West Creek, representatives for the developer have explained that current market conditions have driven them to rethink their approach to developing the property.
Several residents who spoke during the public comment period implored supervisors to consider what they described as a potentially devastating increase in the amount of traffic on nearby roads, some of which are already overtaxed.
According to information provided by the county planning department, the development is expected to add an additional 2,050 trips per day to the surrounding roadways.
The board’s 4-0 decision in favor of the rezoning was the first made without longtime Supervisor Ned Creasey, who died last week.
Mosaic at West Creek is expected to break ground later this year and welcome its first residents in the spring of 2020.
HHHunt Communities is the development arm of HHHunt Corp., a diversified real estate development, building and management firm with residential communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland.
The company’s residential developments in the Richmond region include Rutland in Mechanicsville; Charter Colony in Chesterfield County; and Wellesley, Wyndham and Twin Hickory in Henrico County.