HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor of amending the MLK Preston Lake master plan to include a senior living facility off Boyers and Stone Spring roads.
In the Tuesday evening meeting, Bradford Dyjak, director of planning for Rockingham County, presented the request for the amendment.
The applicant submitted a revised master plan for the 4-acre parcel Tuesday prior to the meeting, which calls for a sidewalk to be constructed along Boyers Road and Stone Spring Road and will connect to a 3-acre adjacent parcel that is currently unused.
Board members Rodney Burkholder, Keith Sheets, Bill Loomis and Kevin Flint voted in favor. David Rees was not present.
The density will remain the same at 5.87 dwelling units per acre, Dyjak said, adding that there would be up to 66 bedrooms for the senior living facility.
The applicant’s agent, Carl Snider from Valley Engineering, noted that his client is the contract purchaser for just the 4-acre parcel so if approved, there will be a division of land split between the 4 acres for the senior living facility.
Dyjak said there will be two access points on Boyers Road. The back portion will connect to the 3 acres that would also have an access point to Stone Spring Road.
At its March 27 meeting, The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors approved MLK Preston Lake’s request to waive a public hearing, so there was no allowance for comment.
Virginia law allows local governments to waive public hearings if there are no changes to use or density of the district. The area is designated as a high density residential district, which will not change.
MLK Preston Lake filed a request March 19 to amend the existing master plan to include a senior living facility off Boyers and Stone Spring roads.
Under that plan, the 4-acre parcel would have a 168-unit multifamily apartment complex.
The only change to the master plan would be the type of housing the parcel would have.
Preston Lake, located between Massanetta Springs Road and Boyers Road, has been under development for the last 13 years. The project has had several renditions of master plans since being approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2005.
The project started as town homes and single-family units grew to include multifamily buildings and quadplexes after MLK Preston Lake bought the development in December 2012 for $2 million after the property foreclosed in early 2011.
Staff has also recommended approval of the revised master plan.