Earlier this month, developer
R3 zoning allows for one and two-family home construction.
The decision about rezoning was tabled in order to get more input from residents who live in the area, some of whom said the development would not mesh well with adjacent properties or might limit access to historic sites associated with the property, in particular a pond where black churches performed hundreds of baptisms.
The Ashburn acreage is located near two historic properties,
Legaux said a meeting between the concerned parties, the aldermen and Foster happened last week, and the recommendation to move forward won't come from the planning department, but from the aldermen.
"When they met, they wanted to see if they could come to some kind of agreement and talk about what things they wanted and didn't want so they could reach a happy medium," she said.
Foster said the meeting went well and felt he was able to address many of the concerns presented to him.
"I am making some pretty severe compromises, and I think those will be presented to the aldermen tomorrow," he said.
Foster said in his plan, he will build a mix of 33 to 39 patio homes and townhouses marketed primarily to older people and those seeking a vacation home in the area.
Foster said one of the compromises he was making was to only develop 31 lots even though R3 zoning would allow for up to 70.
"Basically, I am not maximizing the density that I could in R3," he said.
Foster said he would be surprised if the aldermen did not approve the rezoning.
The meeting will be
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