Williamsburg Landing Earns Planning Support for Proposed Expansion

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Williamsburg Landing is looking to adjust its plans for how it could expand its senior living community, but before its proposal becomes a project, officials need approval from its Board of Directors and the James City County Board of Supervisors.

During its Dec. 2 meeting, the JCC Planning Commission recommended approval of a special use permit and a proffer amendment that allows Williamsburg Landing to increase its number of assisted living units on site from the 2008 amended cap of 100 to 131, decrease its number of nursing units from the cap of 100 to 73 and extend the amount of time it has to complete the proposed expansion to three years.

The adjustment results in a net increase of four units, in part because three previously approved facilities will be contained in two buildings, according to the application.

Planning Commissioner Richard Krapf (Powhatan) asked if there were any factors that led to the increase in assisted living units from the 2008 figures to today.

Ben Puckett, COO of Williamsburg Landing, said skilled nursing is the most intensive level of care and assisted living is an attractive alternative to long-term nursing care.

“This kind of reflects our latest thinking of what the right mix of units is for the community,” Puckett said. “They all want to stay in the least restrictive setting and that is our goal as well, to help people to stay in independent living as long as they can or assisted living as long as they can before they have to go to the highest level.”

From here, Steve Montgomery, president of Williamsburg Landing, said the proposed project is subject to approval by the Board of Directors, which will make its decision in January or February.

The JCC Board of Supervisors is tentatively set to approve or deny the special use permit, zoning and proffer amendment in January.