Planners table design change for The Crossings

Published 5:43 pm Monday, March 7, 2022

The Isle of Wight County Planning Commission wants more details before voting on a proposed change in the design of a planned condominium complex at Brewer’s Neck and Carrollton boulevards.

The development, which will be named The Crossings, received approval in 2002 for two shopping centers bisected by an access road that would turn the T-intersection into a four-way one.

In 2011, its developers requested and received permission to replace one of the two proposed shopping centers with up to 240 condominium units. Changes to the development’s water and sewer plans followed in 2013 and 2019.

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Now, the developers have asked that they be allowed to subdivide the remaining shopping center into multiple, smaller commercial buildings. The request went before Isle of Wight’s Board of Supervisors on Jan. 20, but the board voted to send the matter to the Planning Commission after objecting to having not been presented with an updated conceptual plan showing the latest changes.

The developers on Feb. 14 presented a revised conceptual plan to the county showing a smaller shopping center and parking lot – and four detached buildings, each with its own parking lot.

But “they’re not bound to this particular layout,” said Amy Ring, the county’s director of community development.

Were the new conceptual plan to be “proffered,” she explained, the developers would be required to adhere to the design as a condition of its approval.

“I’d like to see them come back with a concrete plan,” said Commissioner Jennifer Boykin.

The project’s residential phase and access road are under construction. Its commercial phase, under the requested changes, would still total no more than 202,100 square feet. But a letter from the Virginia Department of Transportation warns traffic generated by the development could potentially increase from what was previously forecasted if the detached buildings are changed from retail to higher-intensity uses.

The commissioners voted unanimously with three absent to table the matter.

According to Ring, the county has also received three applications to date for the commercial outparcels that will be located facing Carrollton Boulevard: one for a Royal Farms, one for a Hardee’s and one for a medical office building.