Estates at Marango

There is no tentative map of this development yet.  There is only a request for re-zoning to allow for higher density (1 dwelling per acre) rather than the rural density zoning.



Here’s some of the history of this area as related by a long time county activist.

According to the late Commissioner Ted Short, all purchasers of 40-acre parcels in the Virginia 40s were told, dating back into the 1970s, these lands would never be subdivided as there is no water and it is one home per 40 acres.  They were told only one well would be allowed per 40 acres.  There are no more water rights affixed to this land. In order to get to this property, you would have to run sewer and water through lands that have septic tanks, and perhaps some wells.  This is above the Bailey Creek lands that flood.  Mud and silt flow down and clog all the ditches and culverts, pipes under driveways, in the Toll Road area/Kivett Lane.  Ultimately Bailey Creek runs to Steamboat Creek.  When it hits the intersection of Toll Road and Geiger Grade, the silt/mud water mix backs up under Toll Road because the pipe cannot assimilate all this.  This intersection experienced flooding in 2018 and massively in 2017.  When the Bailey Creek Estates (56 homes along Geiger Grade just west of Nik ‘n Willy’s Pizzeria) was approved, County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler opined that she hoped this was going to be an HOA.  We all know Bailey Creek roared for weeks at the brim in winter 2017 and all it would have taken was one more storm to flood this entire property.  Lemmon Valley’s problems are costing taxpayers well over a million dollars and the meter is running.  When I read today’s op-ed about North Valleys, it was very similar to what occurs here with mud and silt come down the canyons along with the water.  We all already have big flood and mud problems in these neighborhoods.  What part of this are our officials not understanding?