Crescent Parke Development Plan Passed to Leesburg Council


The Crescent Parke rezoning application is on its way to the Town Council, following a tepid reception at the Planning Commission.

According to Planning and Zoning Director Susan Berry-Hill, the rezoning is scheduled for a May 24 council public hearing. This follows months of work sessions, discussion and debate at the Planning Commission, which concluded last week. That is when a final vote to recommend approval of the rezoning failed to gain majority support, with only Chairwoman Lyndsay Welsh Chamblin and Commissioner Sharon Babbin in support. Commissioner Brett Burk was absent for the vote.

The application seeks approval for 198 townhouses, 96 stacked townhouses and 96 multifamily dwelling units. Non-residential uses would include a maximum of 110,550 square feet of office space, 137,175 square feet of retail, an area for a future hotel, and a 2,000-square-foot community room. The 53-acre site stretches from the terminus of Gateway Drive to Davis Drive along the edge of the Leesburg Bypass. The land assemblage also includes the Olde Izaak Walton Park, land currently leased by the town but which developer Lansdowne Development Group would donate to the town.

While the rezoning did not receive an approval recommendation from the panel, commissioners did approve the requested subdivision variation, to modify the number of dwelling units that are allowed access from a common parking court, as well as six of the seven requested zoning modifications. The only zoning modification not endorsed would have given the applicant credit for tandem parking spaces.


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