Residents voice concern about revised Liberty Landing subdivision proposal

The revised plan for Liberty Landing has a total of 450 homes, rather than 608. Courtesy Bridgewater Crossing

Quinton residents are still concerned about the impact that the proposed Liberty Landing subdivision could have on their community, even though the project scope has been revised.

Developers Boyd Homes and Bridgewater Crossing, Inc., presented the New Kent Planning Commission with revised plans last week for the proposed Liberty Landing subdivision, which was last in front of the county in December 2012.

Prior to the developers' presentation, six residents spoke out against the project.

"They pretty much had the same concerns they had last time," said Planning Manager Kelli Le Duc. "They're worried about its impact on schools, road congestion, and a decline in property value."

Project plans call for a 100-acre mixed-use development along Pocahontas Trail, or Route 60, in Quinton (across from the Five Lakes and Patriot's Landing subdivisions), near the Chickahominy River.

According to Bridgewater Crossing's original proposal, "Liberty Landing is the next step in the County's effort to develop the Bottom's Bridge area into a vibrant, walkable village…and [it] will encourage a further fill-in of commercial and institutional uses."

The current proposal includes 40 acres of green space, 200,000 square feet of business/commercial area (twice as much as previously proposed), and a total of 450 townhomes and apartments (down from 608).

Aside from some of the original proffers of additional turn lanes, expanded medians, new walkways and paths, and water conservation measures, the applicants are now proffering:

•$4,000 per unit for schools and $500 per unit for fire/sheriff's office - for a total of $15,000 going towards schools. The original proposal proffered only $1,500.

•The donation of two acres and the construction of a new fire station. The original proposal only donated the two acres.

According to Boyds Homes, a fiscal impact analysis reported that the Liberty Landing project will: return over $30 million (net) to the county over the next 20 years, generate $5.6 million in one-time water and sewer fees, pay over $2.7 million in proffers, and generate $1.5 million of net revenue to the county every year (after the project stabilizes).

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Liberty Landing proposal either at its March 17 or April 21 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the County Administration Board room.

The Liberty Landing proposal, which was filed on Feb. 19, is currently out for review.

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.