Plans for Matoaca concerns neighbors

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some people living in Chesterfield County's Matoaca district are concerned about plans revealed Thursday night - it could mean growth for some areas but not others.

If this plan moves forward, parts of southern and western Chesterfield could actually become more rural.

According to the Times-Dispatch, the planning department shared a comprehensive plan representing both short and long term growth with several dozen Matoaca residents last night.

In Ettrick and Matoaca villages, there could soon be more urban development.

The new plan would add more housing and commercial options in Ettrick, and increase housing density in Matoaca.

But, for the southern and western part of the district, the new plan suggests maintaining a rural look and feel by taking two-acre lot sizes and making it a five-acre minimum in some areas.

Folks at the meeting had some concerns about that and what it may mean when it comes to property rights and land values, but county leaders said the more rural approach was in line with what the county can support.

This plan is nowhere near finalized.

It's just a month into the public review stage and the Board of Supervisors will have final approval.

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