The last time this project popped up on my radar was 2009. After yesterday’s meeting it appears to be moving forward. The Richmond Planning Commission approved by a vote of 4-3 a 59-unit single family housing development on 10 acres at Forest Hill Ave and Bliley Road. It will now go before City Council.
Prices for the homes are planned to be between $200,000 and $250,000 for the proposed $12 million development.
The property will need a zoning change from R-3 Single-Family Residential District to R-6 Single-Family Attached Residential District. City planning staff recommended denial of rezoning during the meeting. The Richmond Traffic Department did studys on Bliley Road and said that the roadway could handle the extra traffic. The entrance and exit to the housing development would only be located on Bliley Road and the proposal includes a “road splitter” to act as a traffic calming measure on Bliley and as a left turning lane into the property.
Organizations that supported the development include Westover Hills Association, Willow Oaks Country Club, Forest Hill/Bliley Road Association and more. City Council president Kathy Graziano gave her support at the meeting as well.
Bliley Road has no sidewalks and is considered by neighbors to be a dangerous place for pedestrians and cyclists. Lucille Brown Middle School on Blakemore Road has many children that walk in the area, and speakers mentioned that it is already difficult for children to safely walk to school in that area.
Henry Dixon, who has lived on Limerick Drive for 47 years said “my biggest objection is they want to put six units in my backyard. That will do nothing to up the value of my house with six backyards staring you in the face.” He also mentioned that the proposed community has no extra parking for visitors.