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Fairview Beach rezoning granted for townhouses

Rezoning approval was granted by the King George Board of Supervisors for a townhouse development requested by Fairview Beach, LLC, represented by Bob Moesle.
The action at last week’s meeting on Aug. 18 was approved on a vote of 4-0.  
Dahlgren Supervisor James Mullen disqualified himself from voting on the matter, as he does on many development proposals, due to a potential future business conflict of interest.

The rezoning changes 9.33664 acres from Retail Commercial (C-1) to Multi-Family Dwelling District (R-3).  
Along with proffers, the approval allows the applicant to construct a maximum of 60 townhouse units on property identified as Tax Map 14 Parcel 1. The townhouses will be constructed to each have a minimum total floor area of 1,650 square feet.  
The site currently contains 30 mobile home lots and 60 campground sites adjacent to the Potomac River.  
The Planning Commission had voted in January to recommend denial of the request, which followed the staff recommendation. Commissioners and staff cited lack of compliance with the county’s Comprehensive Plan as the main reason for recommending denial. But they also raised other issues.  
The applicant had worked with county staff to address issues brought up by staff, the Planning Commission and also by some supervisors, following the board’s public hearing on June 16 and another review on Aug. 4.
The mobile home lots are leased on a month-to-month basis to residents who own or rent trailers. Those residents had originally been told they would be given six months to relocate if the rezoning went through.  
But the applicant’s voluntary amendments to the proffers extended that amount of time to at least a year and also promised $1,000 to each renter for reimbursement of relocating expenses, along with a proffer to not raise the monthly rental fee between the rezoning and when mobile home residents will be required to move, which might end up being as long as three years.
The applicant also amended proffers to clarify and strengthen language to promote enforceability, along with including language to upgrade the existing entrance, with the primary entrance to be a new entrance located on Fairview Drive (Route 696).  Public rights of way and both entrances will be improved to Virginia Department of Transportation standards.   
The parking area of the Country Store and Restaurant, also owned by the developer, will be brought into compliance with the county zoning ordinance.
Another change was to update to the most recent adopted county proffer guidelines, which are from 2007. The proffers include a cash payment to the county in accord with approved county proffer guidelines to be paid at the time of application for individual building permits and subject to an annual adjustment related to the consumer price index, but no more than 1.5 percent per year.  
The applicant will also plan, build, pay and give to the county the water and sewer improvements necessary to serve the development, which is customary in King George for new developments seeking utility service.
The developer has also agreed to create a homeowners association prior to selling any townhouses.

By Phyllis Cook, Staff Reporter

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