Thursday, February 2, 2023

81 new homes could join Ford’s Colony

A map of The Parke at Ford’s Colony included in meeting documents. (Courtesy Commonwealth of Virginia)

A plan to develop 81 new homes in Ford’s Colony is moving forward through the county’s approval process.

The James City Planning Commission has recommended a proposal to build the homes after a 5-2 vote Wednesday evening.

The proposed development is known as “The Parke at Ford’s Colony,” and the 81 homes will sit on a 45-acre parcel at 3400 and 3401 Westport adjacent to the Westport subdivision, according to Planning Commission meeting documents. The site is currently undeveloped.

The total number of units in the Ford’s Colony Master Plan will increase from 3,846 to 3,927, according to the staff report. The average price for the new homes at The Parke is set at $525,000, ranging from $400,000 to over $600,000. Lots are expected to be between 70 and 80 feet wide and 125 feet in depth.

“Our age-targeted homes feature open concept floor plans with first floor master suites, one level living- essentially self-selecting the active adult demographic,” applicant Nathalie Croft of Eagle Construction of Virgina, LLC said at the meeting.

In addition to Croft, Mark Matthews of the Ford’s Colony Homeowners Association is the co-applicant. The land is currently owned by Parke at Westport, LLC and the Homeowners Association.

Croft said the land was brought under the Ford’s Colony umbrella in 2005. The applicant said she was seeking a rezoning in order to begin construction.

The land is currently zoned A-1 Agricultural, but the proposal calls for the land to be rezoned R-4 Residential Planning Community.

The R-4 planning district is designed to permit “large, cluster-type communities” that will preserve natural resources and scenery, and allow for recreational facilities by maintaining open space. R-4 neighborhoods must adhere to an overall master plan.

Planners approved the proposal with little discussion after the public hearing. Planners Danny Schmidt and Jack Haldeman cast the two ‘nay’ votes.

The proposal will be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors for final determination at a future meeting.

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