Several attendees expressed that they had not been notified, although they live in the cove where the Resort will be located. Discovering that adjacent owners were limited to those that live next to or across the street from the site, the developer volunteered to notify the property owners in the cove. The developer then sent letters to the 36 property owners in the cove and invited them to an open house on January 6th.
This was the fourth open house held by the developers since the project debuted. Many of the neighbors attended and were appreciative of the mailed notifications to stay informed. “I think being a good neighbor is important,” developer Ed Blount stated, “I feel like we have made some real friends and people can tell that we want the best for everyone with this project and have made great strides to include input and suggestions from our neighbors to improve our plans”.
Hearing the input from the public has been very informative to the developer and has helped ease concerns of the neighbors in the area. One specifically mentioned that they had received an email that worried her, but after reviewing the plan, was more than satisfied and had only one request: “make sure it’s nice like you’ve promised”. This is an easy request, as the elements promised have been proffered into the submission package the county and the developer will be held to those standards once the rezone is approved.
Blount explained “by choosing to make this a Planned Unit Development, the proffers I’ve made to the county will be followed to the letter. That way, no matter what happens, we already know exactly what is going there.” Many in both the neighborhood meeting and open house expressed they were long concerned that this side of the bridge become a marina or boat storage and were relieved to have a structure that would add benefit and aesthetic beauty to the landscape and be held to a certain standard.
The Neighborhood Meeting was another step in the rezoning process, which will be followed by a presentation before Louisa’s Planning Commission before going before the Board of Supervisors for approval in March. For all of the most updated important meetings/dates, please visit the project’s website at LakeAnnaResort.com.
Originally published in Lake Anna Breeze, Issue #26