The Board of Supervisors at their March 20th meeting adopted a resolution that severely curtailed cluster developments in the county. After listening to nearly two and half hours of public comment the board moved quickly to adopted a revised resolution to adopt a map that reduces the amount of county land on which a clustered development can be built.
This action comes after the Planning Commission held a similar meeting and recommended to the Board of Supervisors to repeal the Cluster Ordinance in a vote of 5-2. The Board adopted their ordinance on a vote of 6-1. Jack Cavalier was the only Supervisor voting against the motion after he stated he was not going to vote for appeal because the County Attorney had advised the Board was going to be out of compliance with state law if the ordinance was appealed. He did not support the map that was eventually adopted because in his opinion there was not enough review and study of the new map.
Virginia state code requires jurisdictions of Stafford’s size and population growth rate to have a cluster ordinance. Cluster development is intended to build house closer together and leave significant land as open space in rural setting developments. However, the perception in Stafford County was that the cluster ordinance was not doing what it was intended to do and developers were using it as a means to build more houses.