According to the National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS) website, the developers are planning to acquire only 73 acres to build the retirement community in the northeastern part of the property. The subdivision plan submitted on July 25, 2017 calls for future development of two adjoining lots totaling 18.5 acres owned by Ms. Richardson-Pearson that would strip another 13.3 acres of forest (see red X on the site plan drawing below). Although the subdivision plan doesn’t outline what this development would entail, current zoning would permit up to 147 non-age restricted housing units. This would further overcrowd our roads and schools and destroy more priority forest. Under the most recent filing, of the 38.8 acres of priority forest set to be destroyed (including the 25.5 acres for Providence Point and the 13.3 acres for future development), only 15.35 acres will be replanted, violating repeated pledges by the developers to replant 100 percent of all forest cleared.
If Providence Point is to be built, two of our major requirements are that a strict conservation easement extinguishing all future development rights be placed on all remaining undeveloped land at Crystal Spring and Mas Que Farm and that the developers honor their pledge to replant one acre for every acre of forest cleared.
City Rejects Development Plans for Crystal Spring – August 2017
Capital LTE: “Additional development planned beyond senior community”
“Mayor and Aldermen Cave to Developers in Eviscerating School Overcrowding Ordinance” – August 2016