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 7 overheard IS IT FACT OR FICTION? Lake Anna Small Area Plan continued from page 5 Lake Anna Beach Marina didn’t open in 2016 but the owner is hoping to change that for 2017. Lake Anna Beach Marina And Resort Owner Plans To Open In Spring When we last visited with Lake Anna Beach Marina (formerly Pleasants Landing) owner, Mike Vallerie, he was grappling with what he dubbed “frustrating” re- quirements from Louisa County that precluded him from open- ing. Vallerie purchased the old Pleas- ants Landing property and struc- tures last winter and planned on making extensive repairs and opening in time to catch at least the summer 2016 season. Things didn’t go his way as a routine visit from a Louisa Coun- ty Code Enforcement Officer turned up some items the County needed addressing prior to the first customer driving through the gate. Turns out Vallerie needed a new site plan in order to open the business as well as bring some buildings/structures up to code, as previous owners did not ob- tain permits nor did Vallerie think he needed certain permits. After many meetings and hear- ings with representatives of Lou- isa County Community Devel- opment, the Code Enforcement Officer (Paul Snyder) the Louisa County Planning Commission and the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, a new site plan was generated and Vallerie made re- quired changes in order to oper- ate the marina/beach venue. We caught up with the Williams- burg resident recently and asked him to update the community on this process and his plans for the future of the business. What is the current status of Lake Anna Beach Marina in re- gard to complying with Louisa County requirements? Vallerie: “Well, the site plan is approvable. I need a single final change, without this final change I can be required to provide about 100 extra parking spaces. The cost of creating parking for and dark sky lighting. In the Vision section of the plan it states: “The principal intent of the Lake Anna Small Area Plan is to explore how change and growth should take form. This vision anticipates growth, meets the demands of an evolving mar- ketplace, and seeks to preserve the best qualities and features of the existing area while minimiz- ing disruptions to residents, the environment, and the rural char- acter. Above all else, it seeks to leverage this unique opportunity to thoughtfully shape Lake An- na’s natural and built environ- ment in a responsible manner that is beneficial to all who reside in and enjoy the Lake Anna area now, as well as in the future. “Lake Anna should continue to be a primarily residential area withlowdensities(one-twodwell- ing units per acre). Unique par- cels and environmental features could call for special exceptions to be made but it is important that low density residential is the primary zoning for communities around Lake Anna so that the current sense of place is main- tained. As the population contin- continued on page 21 ues to grow and vacant lots are built out in the region the County needs to be certain that there is enough land in the area desig- nated for shopping, restaurants, retail and office space, and other commercial like growth. Careful consideration should be given to design guidelines so that the built environment continues to be pleasing to the eye and fits in aesthetically with the surround- ing area. High-quality architec- ture should be a primary focus, as well as targeting local and na- tional retailers that are a good fit with the existing community. “The County should ensure that such development occurs in an orderly manner and in such a way that the transportation infra- structure can handle the antici- pated traffic volumes so as not to overwhelm highways and rural roads. The County should fos- ter desirable growth by ensuring that civic, cultural, recreational, and community amenities are not forgotten in the larger scope of development in the Lake Anna growtharea.Developmentshould be respective of the surrounding rural areas, providing ample buf- fers and setbacks. Development should contribute to the sense of place in the Lake Anna area and enliven the area while providing for an active public realm that residents, weekenders, and tour- ists can all enjoy.” In the Guiding Principles section there are six tenants, excerpts of the last two follow: “Cultural, his- torical, and environmentally sig- nificant areas will be protected in a manner that ensures that such features are not lost to develop- ment. A focus on protecting the local and regional environment and waterways will take precedence over development. Such a focus will not prohibit growth, but en- vironmental considerations and best management practices will guide how and where growth oc- cur on parcels that contain sen- sitive or significant features. Re- sponsible growth that respects residents and the environment extra 100 cars is significant.” What changed this status? Vallerie: “I’m not sure what you mean by status.   Without a site plan the county had the legal continued on page 26 When all three Lake Anna Growth Area Zones are com- bined the data shows approximately 3,200 residents and a lot of vacant housing units. such households typically require fewer public services and tax dollars. However, since the lake is far from be- ing built out, and most devel- opment has occurred on wa- terfront and water-view lots while the majority of undevel- oped lots are access lots and far more affordable than lots directly on the water an influx in families rather than retir- ees living in the growth area could occur. Given the affordability of ac- cess lots and the ability to still benefit from the recreational aspect of the lake, such lots are still desirable; especially at their price point in relation to the price of waterfront lots. Whether the lake continues to attract retirees or shifts to a younger demographic, the authors of the Lake Anna Small Area Plan propose that more County resources will be needed in the area. The type and intensity of such resources will be determined in the coming years by those who move to the area. Demographics continued from page 5 Hydrilla Nearly Gone In Lake After treatment with aquatic herbecide in September 2015 and the stocking of 521 grass carp this spring it appears the 8-15 acre reoccurrance of hy- drilla has been controlled. According to Doug Smith of the LakeAnnaAdvisory Com- mitee Hydrilla Subcommittee and author of the Lake Anna Hydrilla Management Plan there is no reason to stock more grass carp in 2016. “The case for suspending the replenishment plan for this year is that when there is less hydrilla than can be con- sumed by the carp, the carp will eat native vegetation in- stead. We do not want that. We are trying to achieve a balance - not just guarantee no hydrilla without regard to native vegetation,” Smith said in a recent email to commitee members. The risk, according to Smith, is that hydrilla storms back next year. If so, it would not be expected to expand be- yond what was observed last year and could be treated with aquatic herbicide and re-stocking to the 521 carp level which shows in the plan for 2018. “Decisions can be made in Fall of 2017 as to whether that is sufficient. Also, the existing stock of grass carp will be much better eaters in 2017 than they were this year so returning to the 2015 level of hydrilla seems unlikely. “