Lake Anna Life & Times Late Spring 20 17 5 overheard IS IT FACT OR FICTION? Precedent-Setting Sunset Cove Community Attracting Buyers, No Issues With Developer Making Good On Plans In an area that has had some lurid his- tory, past and recent with developers not delivering on promises, it’s good to note one major, precedent-setting community is going according to plan. “I am happy to say the plan is working. Currently we have nine lot holds and have had three home sales in three weeks. This says to me we’re looking at the very real possibility of reaching our goal of selling 24 homes this year,” said principle owner Lio- nel W. Carter of Evergreene Homes. Sunset Cove is one of Lake’s Anna’s new- est developments and it’s approval set a precedent with its planned urban devel- opment (PUD) style of clustered, garden homes and private wastewater treatment. This waterfront community of 77 homes is located in the North Anna River branch of the lake, between Rose Valley and the Holladay Mill (Rt. 719) Bridge. Gary Grif- fith is the developer, Evergreene Homes is the builder and sales are managed by Dockside Realty. The community was approved by Louisa County several years ago after some care- ful vetting of the participants and plan. Prior to approval, Lake Anna did not have any PUD communities and local concerns over the plan for wastewater treatment and home density levels were debated. In the end, the Griffith’s plan and experi- ence convinced Carter to come on board. Next, members of the Louisa County Plan- ning Commission and Louisa County Board of Supervisors had to be convinced Sunset Cove met all County regulations and that this PUD could work on the lake. What swayed most County officials was the zero discharge of treated sewage efflu- ent into the lake (the community is using a mass drainfield plan) and the lower-than- permitted number of homes on the prop- erty. While the homes are clustered around the lake shore, a large portion of the land was set aside as green space. Amenities that set Sunset Cove apart from existing lake communities include a two story clubhouse with a large gathering room and kitchen on the upper level. The lower level features exercise facilities with a yoga room, a weight room with exercise equipment and two restrooms with show- ers. There are six styles of homes to choose from that incorporate one level living for those that intend to “age in place”. Home size ranges from 1,710 sq. ft. (Halyard) to 2,560 sq. ft (Banyan model). Residents and their guests can also en- Lake Anna Wake Surfing Regulatory Effort At Statewide Level joy a swimming pool (completed), sandy beach, over 30 acres of wooded common area with walking trails, dog park and gar- den plots. Sunset Cove is golf cart friendly and the homeowners association agreement in- cludes mowing, and snow/leaf removal for every lot. Griffith told Life & Times interest in the community is enough to keep him busy all day, answering calls, offering tours and ex- plaining home options. “This community is setting a new standard at the lake. There is so much interest I am talking almost all day to prospective buy- ers. I am grateful to be associated with a development company that has gone about this project properly right from the start.” The Sunset Cove community features 77 garden-style homes with boatslips, club house and pool. The developer is on schedule and selling homes/lots. “So, right now it appears that there may be a proposed statewide ordi- nance that makes 150 feet the mini- mum setback for all towed sports.  But, there is no definite path to how that gets before the General Assem- bly.  However, from all I have seen and been part of discussions, it ap- pears that the experts in the field are concluding 150 feet is minimum safe distance and I personally plan to adhere to that this summer,” was what influential LKAer Doug Smith told Life & Times recently during an email interview. Smith is a member of the influen- tial Lake Anna Advisory Committee Navigation & Safety Subcommit- tee and Vice President of the Lake Anna Civic Association. He was on a stakeholder group that met in Jan- uary and February to discuss the current state of wake surfing, wake boarding and towed watersports regulation in Virginia. The meetings were arranged by Legislative and Policy Manager for the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, Tom Guess after a no wake set back resolution from the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors passed last fall for Lake Anna. The Spotsy resolution generated a vigorous debate among lake users about the legality of such proposed legislation; could a local municipality make a law that superseded a state regulation (currently there is a 50’ no wake set back on all Virginia waters At the October 2017 Board of Game and Inland Fisheries meeting, and the committee meeting of the Wild- life, Boat, and Law Enforcement Committee; Spotsylvania County presented this resolution requesting the Board to consider regulations addressing wakes and the concerns DUKE’S CREEK MARINA Mold Inspections & Remediation 540.895.5065 3831 Breaknock Rd., Bumpass PONTOON BOAT SALES & RENTALS BOAT SERVICE - STORAGE Camping - Convenience Store - Ramp - Fuel Are You Getting The Best Deal On Storage? continued on page 13 LKA