Residents torn on benefits, drawbacks of proposed 323-acre development in Hanover

Hanover County

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A developer wants to construct a 323-acre space in Hanover with a mix of homes, apartments and businesses.  

County leaders voted to push the proposal off to have more time to review it.

Some view it as an economic opportunity for the county, while others believe their concerns with the proposal are appropriate. 

Bushes and open fields make up a patch of land near Mountain Road. Boyd Homes, a developer with big plans for Hanover, envisions making the large space into a desirable place for new families to live, work and play. 

“Neighborhood shopping center with a variety of commercial uses,” said Homes. “Including two anchors, possible hotel site, a retail spaces and outparcels.” 

Homes calls the proposed development project “The Lake District at Glen Allen.” The plan is for there to be nearly 3,000 lavish single-family homes, apartments and places to eat and shop. 

The plan would make the Hanover development Homes’ company’s biggest project to date. 

The construction for the project is estimated to bring in $110 million in revenue for the county. 

Some residents see it as an effort to accommodate the county’s growth.

“We need to incentivize bringing young people into the county,” said Chaz Nuttycombe, a Hanover resident. “We want to make sure that we can continue our economic growth.”

Another resident, Tom Hamilton, said,”I anticipate this being a successful project and I hope you grant the development.” 

Other county residents did not share the same enthusiasm. Janet Binns shared her concerns for the county and the impact the development could have.

“There are going to be impacts to our schools,” Binns said. “As our school board has said and asked for more time to evaluate this. There are going to be impacts to EMS services, fire services.”

Maryanne Pugh, another Hanover County resident with reservations about the project, worried about traffic buildup.   

“My neighbors would be impacted by the traffic of this development,” Pugh said. 

Developers anticipate the proposed project will take more than 15 years to complete. 

County leaders suggested hosting workshops to get a better understanding of the development as the proposal is being deferred for the next 60 days. 

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