A new Manassas City Council tonight will take up some old business.
A total of 28 new townhomes are proposed to be built at the corner of Godwin and Hastings drives, next to George C. Round Elementary School. The development, called Kings Landing, would sit on property owned by Micheal Vanderpool, a prominent land-use and development lawyer in the region.
On December 14, 2020, Vanderpool spent an hour lobbying the City Council on the new development’s perceived plusses, such as providing new housing for established families that would soon move to the city with the nearby expansion Micron microchip manufacturing facility. Micron is slated to bring 1,100 high-paying jobs to the city within the next eight years.
However, opponents to the development say they don’t want townhomes to pack in multiple families into a smaller area, bringing more vehicle traffic to an area located next to an elementary school. The development doesn’t fit the neighborhood’s character, which is surrounded by single-family homes in the adjacent Great Oaks neighborhood, opponents added.
Vanderpool said he’d been turned down by 11 would-be developers who said there’s not enough land on the property to both build single-family homes on the lot and for that development to turn a profit. His current development partner, NVP Inc., based in Manassas, is an “in-fill” developer who specializes in building homes on smaller lots, said Vanderpool.
The new homes, to be priced between $500,000 and $600,000, will provide young families an opportunity to trade up, said Vanderpool. The homes also fit well within the city’s comprehensive plan, which calls for more homes to address a growing housing shortage in the region. Houses at the nearby Landing at Cannon Branch are selling at prices between $300,000 and $400,000.
Funeral home crematorium
Last month, the City Council also kicked the can down the road on a rezoning decision to allow Pierce Funeral Home, at 9605 Center Street, to build a new columbarium, where cremains would be stored. If the rezoning is approved, the land will be rezoned from multi-family residential to light industrial. The funeral home added a crematorium in 2013 and added an outdoor columbarium.
The columbarium would replace a business, Exclusive Hair Designs, and a 12-unit apartment complex. Both buildings sit on the funeral home’s property and would be razed to make way for the funeral home expansion.
Chickens in the city
Finally, tonight, chickens are on the agenda, as the City Council is asked to decide whether or not residents should be allowed to keep the fowl at their homes.
A proposed ordinance from the city would limit the number of chickens per home to four. Only residents living in single-family homes, on lots of more than 10,000 square feet, at least 50 feet from a storm drain, would be allowed in the city.
City employees making the chickens’ argument say many urban localities in the state, including Norfolk, Hampton, and Richmond, allow chickens as a means of urban farming.
Manassas would impose the four-bird limit would be set after Fredericksburg leaders passed a similar rule in that city, according to Manassas City documents. The City Council has been discussing the fowl ordinance since November 2020.
The City Council meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 9027 Main Street. The meeting will be the first to be presided over by new Mayor Michelle Davis Younger, the first female, and first black mayor of the city.
Also new to the council tonight are Tom Osina and David Farajollahi. All three were elected to their seats on November 3, 2020.