Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, June 13, 2022 Board Meeting.
This newsletter has much information on the proposed 125-plus-acre mixed use housing and industrial development being proposed on property owned by the county known as the county industrial park, which lies behind Wingo Road, around the Central Virginia Christian School and John Deere Store, and along LeSueur Street.
We also will be considering and possibly taking action and considering the following items: A presentation from Replenysh regarding a new recycling program in the county; consideration of a continued commitment to Firefly expansion; EMS updates; consider adopting a policy regulating excessive tires on private property; setting public hearings regarding three zoning matters for a sawmill on Crumptown Road, and two Air BnBs; an update on Firefly’s expansion from Firefly/CVEC; presentation of a resolution in memoriam for Robert Earl Bryant and presentation of certificates honoring the Buckingham County Varsity Girls Basketball Team; and a hearing on a change to the Zoning Ordinance regarding sign placement for upcoming public hearings pertaining to the posted property.
Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.
Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.
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AGAIN, I ask that you read this carefully and in its entirety. This information is according to the developer and county documents.
Information on Proposed 125.28-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal
As the Board of Supervisors prepares to hold a public hearing on Monday, June 13 at 6 PM regarding the sale and potential development (by a private corporation, Atlantic Investment Corp. with Ted Lloyd as its principal) of 125.28 acres (this is up from the 114 acres as the roughly 10 acres with an option for sale to the Central Virginia Christian School is included) acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park, there has been a previously-announced compromise/change in the number of single family dwellings and townhomes, which I was at the table for, bringing your concerns to the developer.
The developer is seeking to see only around 67 town homes (about half what was originally proposed) constructed (opposed to 124 as earlier mentioned), 28 single family dwellings (1,800 sq. ft. minimum on half to 2.3 ac. Lots), and 20 smaller (1,600 sq. ft. homes on 1.4 ac. Lots), which would replace the Third Phase (in the southern footprint of the original town home footprint) of the previously proposed town house development. Breaking this new proposal down:
- The 67 town homes, selling at about $275,000-350,000 each, would add $16.75 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
- The 28 single family dwellings, selling at about $360,000 each, would add $10.8 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
- The 20 smaller single family homes, selling at about $345,000 each, would add $6.9 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
This is a conservative total value added of $33.73 million to the county’s tax rolls. Again, this does not include sales tax revenue increases (more sales), personal property tax revenue (more vehicles, etc.) increases, and more investment by the business community in the county. This would equate to $175 thousand dollars in tax revenue increase, and, again, conservatively forecasting.
As noted before, before anything substantial happens, the Board will on Monday hold a public hearing on the sale of the property as it is owned by the County. If that passes, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must also hold hearings on rezoning the property, so there is ample time for public comment. I want to hear from you on this matter during our hearing.
Again, the overall goal is to add, at minimum, $15 million to our tax base within 5 years. Along with the added tax base, other benefits will include adding a new VDOT-approved road from Wingo Road, and adding some new light industrial and/or commercial businesses. The new road will have to be accessible by the public within two years from closing and must be accepted in the VDOT Road System within 4 years from closing. The base price of the property is $6,000 per acre with credits for meeting certain goals and benchmarks. The goals for the benchmarks are as follows:
- $345,840 is due to the county at closing ($3,000 per acre minus the $60,000 which is the value of the 10 acres adjacent to the Christian School, leaving an option to purchase the land from the Christian School).
The value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls. Something important to consider is that, based on how that 136 ac. park is currently zoned, a ConAgra industrial facility with massive lighting, smells, and other massive impacts to the community could locate in the industrial park by right, meaning that no special use permit nor public hearing would be necessary.
It is my intent, as the Maysville District Supervisor, to maintain our low real estate tax rate of $.52 cents per $100 of assessed value (which is less than half of the statewide average of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value), and grow our economic base as not to continue to burden the farmer, small parcel owner, and retiree and those on fixed incomes as prices continue to increase. Also, once our COVID-19 relief funding is depleted, along with the funding Dominion Energy allocated to the county, we are looking at essentially a $2 million per year need in new revenue to fund our rescue squad/Emergency Management Services, and, again, I do not intend to raise your taxes and it is my opinion that the county should be open minded to new avenues to take the tax burden off of those who own land in the county.
The developer wishes to also develop commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the property. We are already seeing some interest and dialogue regarding this from prospects. There is some question as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child, and that answer is roughly $3,400 per pupil per year. On top of that, our annual average daily membership (AADM) is down in terms of percentage per month and on a four year trend, especially at the middle and high schools, demonstrating we have space and will see more space in the lower level grades in our schools for more students.
There has also been concern about the price point for the homes. Looking at our April 2022 building permit report alone, we issued seven permits for homes valued conservatively at more than $210,000 – most of which are upwards of $300,000. In addition, I pulled permit values from January 2020-March 2022, and missed two months, and during that time frame the County issued 145 permits for new dwellings valued at $100,000 or more. The total value of those permits is $30 million, with the average home constructed at $207,000. This demonstrates a need for housing and the market meeting the price point.
Again, as to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value. The developer expects to exceeds this forecast.
Also, there has been much discussion about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally separate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Wednesday
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. This day rings close to home for me in my work as Director of Nutrition and Transportation at Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging, where we provide longterm care ombudsman services in an effort to protect those older adults who are in nursing homes and long term care facilities.
- Elder abuse is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security, and—in some cases—costs them their lives.
- Up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion.
- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has worked to advance legislation that funds the Elder Justice Act and elder abuse protections of the Older Americans Act.
GOOD NEWS! Red Road is Hard Surfaced
Red Road, State Route 630, which lies between Routes 60 and 15, is now no longer dirt–100 percent of it is tar and gravel! This is a longtime coming and I am pleased VDOT has nearly completed this project. I visited Red Road the same day the road was hard surfaced (Monday), and the residents are very pleased with the project as the rock and tar settles.
Upcoming Thursday, June 16 Town Hall Meeting
Join us on Thursday, June 16 at 7 PM for our Quarterly Town Hall meeting! You can join on Facebook Live at http://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville or using the below Zoom link and telephone number to call in! We will have state representatives, our school board member, and CenturyLink joining us as we discuss county projects and updates.
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As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at email@example.com, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.
Humbly serving you,
Thomas Jordan Miles III
Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors
District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
13170 West James Anderson Highway
PO Box 188
Buckingham, Virginia 23921