Sweetgrass development headed to IW Planning Commission

Published 5:00 pm Monday, September 11, 2023

Isle of Wight County’s Planning Commission and the public will have the opportunity this month to weigh in on a Northern Virginia developer’s plans for a new mixed-use community just outside Smithfield.

NVR, the Reston-headquartered parent company of Ryan Homes, first submitted plans in 2019 for its “Sweetgrass” development, at the time proposing to build 685 homes on the roughly 250-acre Yeoman Farm next to the Sherwin Williams store on Benn’s Church Boulevard. In 2022, NVR submitted a new plan calling for a slightly smaller number of homes – 615 – and two commercial buildings whose collective footprint would total 38,000 square feet.

The 2023 plans that will be presented to the Planning Commission and the public during a scheduled Sept. 26 public hearing now call for up to 18,000 square feet of retail space and up to 55,000 square feet of office space. The number and type of houses remain unchanged from last year.

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According to a public notice in the Sept. 13 edition of The Smithfield Times, 390 of the houses will be single-family detached, age-restricted homes. The other 225 will be townhouses.

NVR and Henry Layden, trustee of the Yeoman farm, have applied for conditional mixed-use zoning, which would allow residential and commercial components on the same parcel of land. The commercial component, according to the public notice, would cover roughly 5 acres.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the county government complex at Monument Circle.