UPDATED: The mixed-use townhome swap development in Herndon has been temporarily halted

UPDATED: The mixed-use townhome swap development in Herndon has been temporarily halted

A townhome community has been proposed on Coppermine Road in McNair (via Fairfax County)

Updated at 3:15pm on 11/17/2023The Fairfax County Planning Commission postponed the Dallas Center's application indefinitely on Wednesday (Nov. 15) due to “some last-minute issues that came up.”

The developer's legal representative did not clarify what these problems were, but confirmed that he supports this step and will return the plan to the committee once the problems are resolved.

previously: A proposed residential development for a site in McNair, an area south of Herndon, is headed to the Fairfax County Planning Commission.

Developer Dulles Center LLC is seeking county permission to build 48 townhomes at the intersection of Coppermine Road and Centerville Road — mirroring a previously approved plan for mixed-use development, including commercial, office and hotel uses.

The Planning Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposal today (Wednesday) during its meeting at 7:30 pm

The bank currently located at the location at 13490 Coppermine Road near the Village Center in Dallas will remain.

According to the development plan submitted in March 2022 and last updated in October, the townhomes will be distributed over 4.7 acres and across seven separate rows of units.

Although the project does not fall under the county's affordable housing program, the developer has agreed to sell 12% of the homes as workforce housing units, which will target households earning 70%, 80% and 100% of the area median income. , according to a Nov. 1 county staff report.

The site contains environmentally sensitive areas and a Resource Protection Area (RPA) associated with the Horsespun Run watershed.

The proposed 8-foot-wide asphalt trail slightly encroaches on the RPA but could be exempt because it is considered “passive recreation,” county staff said. This segment will fill in the missing portion of the Merrybrook Valley Stream Trail, providing a connection to the sidewalk and bus shelter along Centerville Road.

Nearly 1.8 acres of the site is designated as open space, according to the county. This will include two 0.11-acre recreation areas designed as publicly accessible urban parks, including an open central park with a gazebo, a cornhole/bocce court area, and a park adjacent to the asphalt trail.

“The application provides a site design that includes high-quality open space, landscaping, amenities, and pedestrian connectivity throughout the site and surrounding area,” county staff wrote. “The applicant also proposes to provide protection for environmentally sensitive areas of the site while also improving conditions through the removal of invasive species and reforestation, where needed.”

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