New Houses Get New Restrictions In Albemarle

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

July 13, 2005

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors met this evening to discuss the details of building even more homes.

"Briarwood has probably been the most successful subdivision in Albemarle County for buyer appreciation over the last 15 years," said Wendell Wood, President of United Land Corp.

This subdivision located off Seminole Trail and Austin Drive already has over 350 houses and will be doubling the amount. Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to change the setback in the rear of the houses from first proposed 10 feet to 5 feet. This will insure porches and decks to be built that may eventually be enclosed. Builders say these will increase the homes' value.

"Most everything has gone up around here, but this has gone up at a higher increase than any other subdivision in the county," said Wood.

The project began in 1987 and builders are already planning more affordable housing.

Briarwood Drive is going to be extended into the trees past where it currently stops, and they are planning to build houses on either side of that portion of the road. The road will continue to the National Ground Intelligence Center, and part of the 124-acres will most likely be re-zoned for more housing.

Briarwood currently has teachers, firefighters, and members of the board of supervisors as some of their current residents.

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