October hearing set for new residential development

Published 9:18 pm Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Smithfield’s Town Planning Commission has set a public hearing for next month to receive input on the Mallory Scott Farm project, a major proposed residential development.

The hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Smithfield Center. Located at the intersection of Nike Park Road and Battery Park Road, the development could have 1,106 residential units of various types, from townhomes to duplexes to single-family homes, ranging in price from $200,000 to $300,000.

Even in a strong economic market, John Napolitano, senior vice president of Virginia Beach-based Napolitano Homes, said the company would likely deliver 150 units per year. He acknowledged that “1,100 units is a lot of units, no question. But this is a 10- to 15-year build out.”

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Technically, the project will require five public hearings, said John Settle, the town’s community development and planning director. Settle said in an email the hearings will be on “the comprehensive plan amendment to alter the future land use map, the conditional official zoning map amendment (rezoning), the Special Use Permit (SUP) for the waiver of parking and loading requirements, the SUP allowing for suburban residential cluster development, and the zoning ordinance text amendment to Smithfield Zoning Ordinance (SZO) Section 3.F.G.3.”

The planning commission heard and discussed the project’s details at its Sept. 8 meeting.

Infrastructure and amenities in the community would include onsite parking, pedestrian paths, sidewalks, two clubhouses, two swimming pools, stormwater retention, landscaping, public water and sewer and existing roadway improvements. All of the proposed residential units would be for sale. The development will not be age-restricted, and it will be privately regulated and maintained by an owners’ association.

Access to the development would be via six entrances on Battery Park Road — three of which currently exist — and one entrance on Nike Park Road. Most of the property fronts Moone Creek and Town Farm Creek, according to planning commission documents.

According to the documents, the proposed development “will achieve a unique sense of community and place and serves to promote the economic sustainability of adjacent and surrounding businesses within the town.”

This is a developing story.