By Greg Pearson
BCA Board member
At its October 18th meeting, the Chesterfield Planning Commission on a 4-1 vote recommended approval of the Cloverleigh rezoning case to the Board of Supervisors. The Board is expected to hold a public hearing at its November 23 meeting before voting on its decision.
In addition to the Commission’s recommendation, the Cloverleigh zoning case for 450 homes, a seven-story hotel, and a 5,000-square-foot restaurant has received positive recommendations from the Chesterfield Planning Department and the county transportation department (CDOT). Rezoning approval by the county board seems assured.
Cloverleigh would be built on 103 acres adjacent to Market Square and extend north along Route 288 southbound. Entry into the development would be from Old Hundred Road at Market Square Lane and also south of Living Hope Lutheran Church. A traffic light at Market Square Lane is projected to be installed after 20% occupancy is reached.
The BCA Board had previously written county leaders requesting a denial of Cloverleigh. The thrust of that letter pointed out that Old Hundred Road was not designed to accommodate the existing traffic plus an additional 4,500 trips daily from Cloverleigh. There are persistent delays at the Route 360 traffic light currently rated Level of Service “F”, the worst condition measurable. About 60% of the trips from Cloverleigh would go toward Route 360.
Part of the offsite road improvements includes making Old Hundred Road four lanes from Millridge Parkway to Market Square Lane and adding an extra lane onto southbound Old Hundred Road for turning right onto westbound Route 360. In an hour-long presentation and Q&A session before the Brandermill Board on October 17, Kettler representatives reported its traffic projections by 2041 to indicate southbound traffic on Old Hundred Road during the afternoon peak period would require four minutes and 10 seconds to get through the Route 360 traffic light. At the Commission hearing, developer attorney Brennen Keene said afternoon rush traffic from Cloverleigh would add 3 seconds at that light but adding the turn lane would reduce the wait by 15 seconds.
Developer Kettler from Northern Virginia has also agreed to construct a wooden fence along Old Hundred Road backing up to Old Well Lane and Morning Hill Lane to mitigate the noise of the roadway that will be expanded nearer to those impacted homes. Kettler also pledged to make future repairs to that fence. That obligation would be passed along to the HOA yet to be established. Assuming supervisor approval, Kettler expects the first home occupancy to occur two years later and build out in 2026.
The BCA Communications & Marketing Committee had initiated a petition opposing the rezoning. It has been signed by over 750 residents and is to be presented during the supervisor’s public hearing. The petition for additional signatures is on the BCA website (Brandermill.com).
By 2040, the average daily traffic count on Route 360 at the Old Hundred Road traffic light is projected to reach 120,000 vehicles. That’s the current traffic count on I-95 at Route 10. CDOT is currently studying whether traffic light intersections on Route 360 between Harbor Pointe Parkway west to Winterpock Road should be restricted to right-only turns into and out of Route 360. That option would require traffic wanting to go east on Route 360 in the morning rush hour to initially head west until able to make a U-turn through the median to come back east. At the hearing, CDOT outlined numerous traffic adjustments to the 360 corridor costing hundreds of millions of dollars over an unspecified time. However, over many years the county has said it has little money earmarked for road improvements.
Students from Cloverleigh would attend Swift Creek Elementary, Swift Creek Middle, and Clover Hill High. None of those schools are projected to be over capacity when the buildout of Cloverleigh is completed.
Including multifamily, Cloverleigh would feature homes priced from $400,000 to $550,000. It will have five parks, a pool, and bath house within the community. Its trails would connect to Market Square.