May 23, 2008
Just off of Route 29, in an already growing area of Ruckersville, retail shops, as well as housing will soon make up what will be known as Deerfield Village.
For the past year, Greene County supervisors have been working with the developer Kinvara Properties on a planned unit development for Ruckersville.
"All of this is an approach, which I think is timely for the future," said Carl Schmitt of the Greene County Board of Supervisors.
It’s a future that could rely on residents doing more walking than driving. Along with 98 homes mixed in with businesses, the development will feature walking and bike paths.
"We need to get people in a position where they can live and do most of their daily activities without having to get on the roads and drive, not only because it's going to cost too much, because it also clogs the roads," said Schmitt.
With rising gas prices, supervisors hope to give residents a centralized location where they can get most of what they need from one place without having to depend on their cars. They also hope to give the area more of an identity.
"So this also may begin to develop more of a town character to Ruckersville from what we've seen in the past," said Schmitt.
And, after a year of hard work, supervisors hope the area will reap the benefits.
"I think we've ended up with a pretty good project in the county and one that I hope will benefit us in the future," said Schmitt.
Along with changing the design of the development, the developer has also offered an extensive proffer package that supervisors say give them all the help they need for the project.