Board Chairman says full cash proffers a must to be approved by Supervisors

“I will not accept another case coming out of the Planning Commission without full cash proferrs." Board Chairman and Dale District, Jim Holland ended the Terraforge/Silverlake case, part of only a few requests heard by the Board last Wednesday, Feb. 26. After listening to Attorney and School Board Member Carrie Coyner, she was asked to rebut the concerns of about 18 citizens, who spoke partly in favor of the case and mostly against the reduction of cash proffers.

Coyner based much of her rezoning request, on poverty, which census maps indicated was closing in on the Silverleaf area, in fact almost touching it. She said the increase in home values could lift the values of the surrounding areas.

The cash proffers, which have changed considerably from the 2005 case, which that Board approved Silverleaf with full cash proffers, ($11,500 per dwelling unit (currently escalated by the Marshall and Swift Building Cost Index to $17,268 per unit). Marshall Smith produces information on construction cost and the building cost.

According to the planning staff report the applicant (Silverleaf) requested that for the period through June 30, 2017, the applicant, shall pay the County of Chesterfield, for each dwelling unit up to 300th unit, $5,500, which would be paid by the developer prior to July 1, 2018,  based on the Marshall Swift index per dwelling unit.

Thereafter, the per dwelling unit cash proffer amount shall be automatically adjusted, annually.

The proffer would jump for each dwelling after the 301st (450 units are proposed) to $15,000 for any dwelling built for the rest of the project.

Coyner said, the cash proffers for the units up to 350 would be applied to schools only.

“In my district (Matoaca) we just approved a project with full proffers ($19,473 per unit,) and that was only four or five miles away from this one as the crow flies,” said Steve Elswick, Matoaca District Supervisor.

At least five speakers were from the Woodlake neighborhood. Some agreed and some didn’t agree with the migration of the middle class to the western part of the county.

Paul Grazsowitz, of the Clover Hill District used a powerpoint presentation to demonstrate his point:

These are significantly lower proffers. Nothing in the proffers that says there is any for revitalization area. When you read Chapter 7 of the Comprehensive plan, it shows revitalization on Jefferson Davis Highway and this case is outside of it. He indicated that there are 4,000 vehicle trips a day on Hopkins Road; 77 emergency calls a day; a $4.1 million school deficit: this case has been deffered nine times and does not mitigate the stress on the area.

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