12 January 2016
In the fast-paced development game, Fluvanna is getting shut out.
In a world where companies move from scoping out sites to making location commitments in a mere matter of months, having a site ready to go is key in snagging a business’s attention.
But Fluvanna doesn’t have any sites that are ready to go.
In fact, according to a tier system developed by Timmons Group in which a tier five site shows prime readiness for development, all Fluvanna has to offer is tier one.
The Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development commissioned Timmons Group, a design firm with an office in Charlottesville, to study one site per county in the region, analyzing site strengths and shortfalls, and advising counties on how to whip them into shape.
Fluvanna’s studied spot was the Cosner site, a 108-acre parcel of land near Rt. 250 just behind the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, owned by Dillard Cosner. But the site, picked by Fluvanna because of its size and prospects for development, ended up ranked the lowest tier possible.
According to the Timmons Group system, tier one means there’s a willing seller but no county control: Fluvanna doesn’t own the Cosner site, which is zoned agricultural. And there’s not much there, just raw land.
Tier two means the county has control over the site, whether through ownership or some sort of partnership. Business zoning is in place and minimal “due diligence,” such as surveys and environmental reports, have been done.
A tier three site has significant due diligence in place, as well as a master plan that explores what sort of buildings and roads the land can hold and what kind of storm water management will be needed.
Tier four means the site is ready to go with property issues cleared and a building pad in place. Water and sewer connections are on site and grading has been completed.