Townhouse Construction Proposed At Sunchase

Published 2:51 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2011

FARMVILLE – Town council will consider a conditional use permit request next week for proposed townhouse construction at Sunchase.

The attached townhouses-The Townes at Sunchase-would be constructed on the east side of Sunchase Boulevard.

The property is zoned Residential R-4 and the proposed multi-family dwelling construction is allowed with a conditional use permit.

Council will take the request up at its 7 p.m. December monthly meeting on Wednesday the 14th.

“They are asking for a conditional use permit,” Farmville Town Manager Gerald Spates told council members in November. “It is an allowed use.

“They are going to do this in phases,” he said, regarding the plans proposed by Farmville Townes, LLC, which Spates said is actually part of Sunchase, “so they want permission to go ahead and build the first phase.”

Approximately 18 living units would compose the first phase, according to the town manager, and they would be constructed within a townhouse subdivision on the property.

The property is “currently partially cleared and largely undeveloped woodlands,” according to information provided to the Town by the developer.

The developer says the primary access to the Townhouse Subdivision will be the existing public street, Sunchase Boulevard, and secondary access will be “via a series of future public streets and future private streets,” the developer's information states.

For pedestrians, “a series of public sidewalks will provide pedestrian access throughout the community and will make connections to the adjacent properties.”

The construction and landscaping plans will take advantage of the natural terrain, according to the developers.

“The proposed residential improvements are terraced into the hillside, with Townhouses shown with both integrated garages and walk-out basements,” the developer states in information provided to the Town.

Furthermore, the developer anticipates that many areas of the property will “remain natural and undisturbed and should thereby serve as vegetative buffers with adjacent properties-particularly to the north and east within the Wetland Preservation Area.

The Wetland Preservation Area is described as a “permanent, natural buffer along the eastern and northern boundaries.

“The southern boundaries contain undeveloped woodlands. The western boundaries contain improved properties, including the Sunchase Apartments Community and the Hampton Inn Farmville,” the developer's information states.

The developer further describes the proposed development as one that will include “upscale improvements and building structures. It is anticipated that the architectural design and aesthetic quality of The Townes at Sunchase will complement and be consistent with the existing buildings at Sunchase in order to maintain a high standard.”

The developer says the project will “offer local, regional and national home builders opportunities to tailor townhouse plans to the demands of the marketplace.”

Those plans will consist of one and one-half story, two stories and three stories above grade and some plans will have basements or garages, the developer says.

The exterior finish materials and colors, according to the information supplied to the Town, “will be varied, as will the facades, to provide a complementary and unique appearance for each row of townhouses. Decks, walk-out basements, integrated garages and porch/patio elements will be incorporated as allowed by topography and other site conditions.”

Future owners of parcels or lots within The Townes at Sunchase will be members of a

Townhouse Homeowners' Association, which will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the common areas, community amenities, community facilities, as well as enforcement of the community standards and regulations, the developer's material states.