Windsor council delays action on development

Published 8:49 pm Saturday, January 15, 2011

By Merle Monahan

The Tidewater News

WINDSOR—The Town Council tabled until February a request by two Virginia Beach developers to rezone 42.4 acres to build a 212-unit housing complex.

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Following a public hearing Tuesday, at which only two residents spoke, Councilman Durwood Scott said he had not had enough time to study the proposal and asked to postpone the vote until next month. Other councilmen agreed.

The proposed development, tentatively named Cambridge at Windsor, would include 85 single-family homes priced within the $200,000 range, according to representatives of Napolitano Homes and Franciscus Homes.

It also would include 85 duplexes, costing between the high $100,000s to the low $200,000s, and four, 10-unit buildings with condominiums starting at $160,000.

The property on the east side of North Court Street, is zoned agricultural. It would have to be rezoned residential to allow for multi-family homes.

The Windsor Planning Commission recommended approval of the request

Speaking in favor of the rezoning request, Vice Mayor William Jones said he thought the development would be an asset to the town, adding that it would improve the

looks of the property.

But Frances Butler had concerns about how other people in the area felt about a housing development next to their homes.

“You say you have talked to the people who live in that section, but I live there, and you did not talk to me or my neighbors,” Butler said.

She said she felt the property could be better used for a program that would benefit the young people in town.

Town attorney Joshua Pretlow said the hearing had been duly advertised in the newspaper and that all adjacent landowners had been notified.