Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28Lake Anna Life & Times Fall 20 16 5 overheard IS IT FACT OR FICTION? Lake Anna Small Area Plan Nearing Completion After many hours of volunteer citizen work including meetings, drafting and editing of information originating from five commit- tees, Phase 1 of the Lake Anna Area Small Plan has been completed. The next step is to finalize the plan document and forward it to the Louisa County Planning Commission and then on to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors to be included as a part of the Louisa County Comprehensive Plan. “What we have now is a draft document that covers a number of critically important areas regarding the future of growth around Louisa County’s portion of Lake Anna,” ex- plained Mineral District Louisa County Su- pervisor Stephanie Koren, originator of the project. Koren worked with citizens to form com- mittees back in the early summer to dis- cuss the future of Lake Anna. Citizens met and broke into these groups to discuss Infrastructure, Land Use, Environmental, Design Guidelines/Community Image and Recreation issues. The goal of Koren’s call to formulate the Lake Anna Small Area Plan is to create a guiding document developed for a clearly delineated area and gives more specific recommendations that would be provided in the County’s comprehensive plan. It builds on the goals, policies and implemen- tation steps in the Comprehensive Plan to provide a finer level of detail. “The Comprehensive Plan as originally developed, set aside Lake Anna as one of the growth areas in the County. Indeed, growth has occurred within the bounds of the Comprehensive Plan. As a review of the Comprehensive Plan is required in 2017, I believe it is important that the Lake Anna Growth Area has a clearly defined strategy for managing growth. Our citizens are looking for additional services and the ability to shop without having to go to Fred- ericksburg, Charlottesville and Richmond. What they don’t want is for that growth to change the character of the County and specifically, the lake. Simply put, well managed growth is healthy and necessary and I hope the Board of Supervisors rec- ognizes that this Lake Anna Plan is a direct output from the citizens who will be most affected by this,” Koren told Life &Times. The Lake Anna Small Area Plan outlines a long-range vision of approximately 10-15 years for the area. This plan examines the current conditions and demographics Lake Anna Demographics Reveal Much of the area, develops a future vision of the area, addresses environmental concerns, character of development, traffic volumes, public services, entrance corridors, and community engagement. In the recently circulated 40-page draft, there is excellent information about just how fast Lake Anna has grown, the demo- graphics of the Lake Anna community con- trasted with those of Louisa County, traffic increases, environmental concerns like stormwater runoff in the watershed, shore- line management and stabilization, hydrilla Louisa County portions of the Lake Anna Growth Area in red, with commu- nity service is green, mixed used in brown, regional service in purple, broken down into three zones. continued on page 7 According to County data, there are around 5,850 lots currently platted in- side of the Lake Anna Growth Area. The Lake Anna growth area is far from reaching its full residential capacity and build out. If all of those lots were to be built, the population in the growth area, as well as housing units would more than likely double. Another data source also indicates that the Lake Anna growth area is only 25% built out. If this is the case we could expect the population in the Lake Anna growth area to quadruple. This expectation is not realistic in the next 10 or 15 years, but the potential for such growth exists, just over a much longer timeline. The most important data that should be extracted from the Census files are the fact that the proportion of those age 55 or older in the Lake Anna growth area is much higher than that of the County as a whole. The number of housing units in rela- tion to number of households is also an important takeaway as this data set confirms the vacant and seasonal data sets. There are a disproportion- ate number of seasonal housing units in the Lake Anna growth area in relation to the County. This points to the number of individu- als that are currently using the lake only on a part time basis rather than as a permanent residence. If a large por- tion of such individuals retire in the fu- ture and move to the lake permanently, there could be a need for a wide variety and increase of resources in the lake region. Given the higher proportion of individuals age 55 or older living in the growth area in relation to the County as a whole, it is a safe assumption that it is a retirement hub in comparison to other areas of the County. This coupled with an average household size that is over 12% smaller than that of the County- wide average further indicates that permanent residents in the Lake Anna growth area are more likely to be older and have fewer, if any children in the household. This indicator is positive for the County in terms of resources and finances, as 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 7