Proposed 450-home development in Hanover drawing complaints

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A proposed subdivision in Hanover County is drawing a lot of attention.  Giles Farms would add about 450 homes to Hanover's Chickahominy District near Atlee High School.  That's near the 295 interchange off Atlee Station Road.

Right now it's just an overgrown plot of land along the side of the road, but it will likely become that new subdivision, and folks who live around here are worried about what that means.

Atlee Station Road is already busy, and neighbors fear an additional subdivision will turn the thoroughfare into a traffic nightmare.

Linda Catlett has lived just down the road in Atlee Manor for more than 30 years.  Her small, quiet neighborhood could be connected to the new one, which she says will change this community's character.

Linda Catlett says, "the traffic, the noise, it's just not going to be safe anymore; it's going to change our whole way of life."

Acting Planning Director David Maloney says that while the traffic and lifestyle concerns are valid, the Planning Commission's job is to approve projects that make sense for the long-term.

Maloney says, "we have plans in place to improve Atlee Station Road/Atlee Road; we are moving forward with those plans, and they are intended to accommodate the intended traffic for this and future development."

The Planning Commission is now scheduled to vote about this project at their meeting on November 18.

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