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Supervisors Say 'Yes' To Neighborhood

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead, last week, for the creation of a new residential community in Centreville. It will consist of 22 single-family homes on the north side of Mount Olive and Old Mill roads.

First, though, developer OMR, LLC/Jackson Fields needed county permission to rezone the 11.6-acre site. It's zoned for one home per acre, and this proposal has 1.94 homes per acre.

"OMR is typical infill [development]," said Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully). "About all that's left are little, infill parcels."

Residents will enter their neighborhood via Mount Olive Road, and homes will be built on both sides of a main street leading to a cul-de-sac. Access is planned through Crim Station Road, and the houses will be comparable in size to the ones in nearby Confederate Ridge. Prices are anticipated to begin in the $300,000s, with homes ranging from 1,250 to 2,000 square feet.

"I think it blends in with the community that's down there," said Frey. "They reduced the density quite a bit [from the original proposal], and they're providing bigger lots along the perimeter to be more compatible with what's there."

The developer also intends to do extensive landscaping and even create a wildflower meadow on the property for passive recreation. And there'll be a trail, plus a multi-use play area for children from that community.

As for proffers, OMR has agreed to donate $15,000 to help the Confederate Ridge II homeowners ease runoff problems coming from OMR's site. It's also earmarking $2,000/home — $44,000 total — toward Old Mill Road and Old Centreville Road improvements, which especially pleases Frey because "the Old Mill/Mount Olive/Old Centreville Road intersection [is] such a problem."

In addition, although the county requires a $955/unit donation toward parks and recreation, OMR is contributing $1,200/unit. It's also proffered $10,000 to local schools, plus money to the county's affordable housing trust fund.