“Disingenuous” seems to be hardly a strong enough word for the types of tricks that Xanterra and Winding Road Development are willing to play to win approval for their plans to build along the Country Road.
Did they refuse to provide the school proffers, knowing that this was a mandatory requirement in James City County, so that the Planning Commission would turn down their proposal on those grounds, without considering the many other legitimate reasons to deny approval?
This gave Xanterra and WRDC the opportunity to hear the many objections expressed by Kingsmill residents so that they can plan a response.
Did they provide 12 additional proffers, all very minor in nature, immediately before the meeting so that the Planning Commission would not have time to consider them, allowing Xanterra to request a deferral of the decision.
At the next Planning Commission meeting, which will in effect be a continuation of the March 5 meeting as far as this issue is concerned, will Xanterra and WRDC be allowed to make another presentation, while residents who have already spoken at the March 5 meeting will be denied the opportunity to speak again?
If Xanterra and WRDC are allowed to answer resident complaints while the resident complaints are no longer fresh in the minds of the Commissioners, will this make the Commissioners more likely to ignore those legitimate complaints?
And, when the proposal comes before the Board of Supervisors, will James City County be For Sale? Will it only be necessary for Xanterra to reverse its refusal to offer the school proffers to gain approval? Will they even be able to negotiate the value of the proffers to a lower amount? Will the legitimate objections of the many Kingsmill residents be overridden by greed once the proffers are included?
And what are Xanterra’s real intentions? Do they really plan to build these 207 homes and, if so, what is their timescale? Or do they just plan to sell lots? If the latter, will they clear many trees to build roads and install utilities, and when?
Or, more nefariously, do they plan to sell the entire 108 acres to a developer, such as Toll Brothers? Have they already discussed such a sale, or do they even perhaps have an already negotiated sale, contingent on approval of the Master Plan amendments?
Given the tricks that have already been played, it is clearly reasonable for Kingsmill residents to ask Xanterra for a detailed Statement of Intent. It is our community and we have more than 30 times as much invested in Kingsmill as Xanterra does.
If their intentions are honest and straightforward, there is no reason for Xanterra not to provide such a Statement of Intent.