Waller Mill Heights

Harrison and Lear developers of Hampton VA have purchased 306 acres of the Carr’s Hill Tract property from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The parcel is located along Waller Mill Road in York County.

The new development which will be named Waller Mill Heights/ FKA Powell Plantation will include a total of 326 homes with pricing expected to range from $200,000-$400,000. The project is projected to take three to four years to complete once the infrastructure is in. The property is fully cleared and they are doing the infrastructure at this time installing utilities and roads.

Homes in the development will be zoned for York County Public Schools; Waller Mill Elementary, Queens Lake Middle and Bruton High Schools.

Powell Plantation Siteplan

Development plans call for a recreation area that includes a pool, clubhouse, walking trails, picnic pavilions, and a playground. Lot sizes range from .15 acre to .19 acre with a few larger lots on the cul de sacs

The master plan was approved by York County in July 2018 and in February of 2019, the developers received their environmental and archaeological permit approval.

The land was purchased by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1983 for $3.1 million with the goal of restricting development along the entrance corridor from I64 to CW.

The Foundation has previously agreed to sell a portion of the land to Centex homes in 2007 but that deal fell apart as a result of the recession.

A conservation easement was placed on 230 acres within and just outside the Carr’s Hill property to protect it from development in October of 2006

“The conservation easements will provide permanent protection for views along the entry from Interstate 64 to Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center and at the same time preserve the natural environment around Queen’s Creek and protect a significant archaeological site,” said Foundation President and Chairman Colin G. Campbell.

The conservation easements will prohibit development in these areas, and protect woodlands and wetlands. In addition, the easements will maintain a bald eagle habitat in the Carr’s Hill area. In addition, the Benjamin Powell Plantation site, home to a prominent 18th-century builder, will be preserved for future excavation.

The James River Institute for Archaeology conducted archaeological significance evaluations at 11 sites located the Carr’s Hill tract in York County, Virginia. The 11 sites range from Archaic and Woodland encampments to nineteenth-century domestic sites. The major sites on the property pertain to plantations owned by the Cobbs family in the early eighteenth century, the Custis family in the middle eighteenth century, the Powell family in the latter eighteenth century, and the Walker family in the early nineteenth century. There are several mid- to late seventeenth-century habitation sites that were studied at the Phase II level as well.

Progress for Waller Mill Heights/ FKA Powell Plantation Tract