Independent Hill development rendering

Elm Street Development of McLean submitted a proposal in 2018 to construct 210 residential units with 219,000 square feet of commercial and office development. The property is sandwiched between Dumfries and Bristow roads east of Independent Hill Drive.

A mixed-use complex in Independent Hill has been approved.

At its meeting last week, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved a request to rezone 69 acres between Dumfries and Bristow roads from agricultural to planned mixed residential.

Elm Street Development of McLean submitted the proposal in 2018 and initially wanted to construct 210 residential units with 219,000 square feet of commercial and office development. The property is sandwiched between Dumfries and Bristow roads east of Independent Hill Drive.

In May, the Planning Commission recommended denial of the application for a variety of reasons, including the density. 

Since that meeting, the applicant has addressed the majority of the commission’s concerns and reduced the units to 197. 

County staff recommended approval and commended the plan for largely meeting the goals of the Independent Hill Small Area Plan. The plan, approved early last year, covers about 544 acres of land near the Prince William County Landfill, Colgan High School and the Prince William Forest Park. It calls for a mix of commercial and residential uses in the area.

Of the 197 units, 10 will be designated as affordable housing for people making 80% of the area median income.

 

Nolan Stout covers Prince William County. Reach him at nstout@insidenova.com or @TheNolanStout on Facebook and Twitter.

(4) comments

Duke Nukem

Where are the designated EV charging stations? Shouldn't that be mandated by now?

Allen Muchnick

These homes ought to be built with both photovoltaic roofs and EV chargers. The roofs won't be shaded by tree cover.

Allen Muchnick

>>"Of the 197 units, 10 will be designated as affordable housing for people making 80% of the area median income."

This is a pathetic joke. How are the 5% of new homes,with ZERO public transportation service, located many miles from almost everything "affordable", even to those whose household income is 80% of the County's median? Every resident over 16 or 18 years old will need to own their own auto.

Even the workers with service jobs in nearby County facilities would not be able to afford to live in these homes.

Stephanie Richardson

Hey...got an idea....let's ruin more of the county. Vote these fools out before they continue to destroy what was once a beautiful county before it is too late and they move elsewhere to avoid the damage they have allowed to be done.

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