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York supervisors rezone for a 113-house development in Tabb

The York The County Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning of a 113-acre property in Tabb, making way for a developer to build a 113-house neighbourhood.

A public hearing for the rezoning drew far more support from speakers than it did when the project went before the Planning Commission in March.

At the time, many spoke against the project and the Planning Commission unanimously recommended denial. The project drew concerns with the density and its deviation from the county’s comprehensive plan.

The rezoning changes the property from rural residential to medium density. The current zoning allows up to 75 houses.

In total, 16 people spoke at the hearing in favour of the project, and seven spoke against it.

People against the rezoning did not see the need to deviate from the county’s comprehensive plan, worrying about setting a precedent of allowing denser developments. They also worried about more cars on the road.

People in favour commended the design, saying it and the development’s amenities were a good fit for the area. Others supported the project because it would provide work for local builders — which they said has not always been the case with development in the county.
Supervisor Walter Zaremba worried about the level of development throughout the county and the stress it puts on first responders. He was the only supervisor to vote against the rezoning.

Supervisor Tom Shepperd said the comprehensive plan was not an unchanging document. He said the Planning Commission did well to recommend denial, but changes made since then were good changes.
County Administrator Neil Morgan and principal planner Tim Cross recommended the board approve the rezoning, saying the planned development matched surrounding neighbourhoods.

When the Planning Commission unanimously recommended denial in March, the proposal was for 142 houses, and 22 people spoke against the project. Five spoke in favour.

Board Chairwoman Sheila Noll said the changes to the application did not necessitate a new process with the developer going before the Planning Commission again.

In July, the developer held a meeting and showed changes made to the plans, but people at the meeting voiced concerns similar to the ones they had in March, including the density and traffic impacts.

Trant, an attorney representing the developer, highlighted that a by-right development, even with fewer houses, would not have requirements for lot size and might not include amenities such as walking trails, a buffer into the neighbourhood and traffic work.

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