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September 2023

We were notified on September 26 that dredging would begin in Contrary Creek associated with the Cutalong development.  The Cutalong PM stated that "the Dominion window for dredging starts Oct 1 and we anticipate starting then.  We've revised our dredging plan from what was originally approved in 2008, from 47,000 cu yd to less than 5,000 cu yd.  Also, after a conversation with the Freshwater Estates HOA board, listening to their concerns, we revised the width of the channel that crosses in front of their docks from 40' to 30' in order to provide additional buffer.  The work is expected to take less than two weeks.  Turbidity curtains will be employed and Meridian Environmental will actively test for turbidity, zinc, cadmium and copper to ensure the work meets the permit requirements via a comprehensive Water Quality Monitoring Plan.  Spoils from the dredging will be maintained onsite per a Dredged Material Management Plan developed by ME".  An updated dredging plan was provided that can be accessed HERE.  

July 2023

Cutalong continues to move forward with the promise of bringing a full-scale golf course community to Lake Anna.  The Golf Course is in full swing with 18 holes and an impressive member count.  Infrastructure is being built out to include a wastewater treatment facility and the community water system.  The long-term development plans include Golf Stay and Play facilities, practice facilities, a marina, and boatel’s and of course the phased development of up to 900 homes. 

In support of the coming development, the first of two expected wastewater treatment facilities is being implemented with the application for the second and larger having been recently submitted.  As an interested party, LACA was notified of the application filing by Virginia DEQ, indicating they had "received an application for a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit from RP20 Cutalong Consolidated LLC.  The applicant proposes to discharge treated wastewater from a wastewater treatment plant located at 978 New Bridge Rd, Mineral, VA 23117. " "The Department will review the application and may draft a permit for the discharge.  If the Department drafts a permit, a notice will appear in The Free Lance-Star newspaper announcing our intention to issue the permit and inviting the public to comment on its content.  The public comment period will run for 30 days from the date the notice first appears in the newspaper.  In the meantime, you are welcome to review the permit application at our office during normal business hours".

This facility at full operation this will serve many hundred homes and other facilities and up to 250,000 gallons per day of treated effluent. The plan is to utilize this effluent for watering the golf course during the growing season, and then, during the winter season, to release the effluent into Blackwater creek, which will eventually make its way to Lake Anna.  There is a commitment from the developer to utilize a state-of-the-art Alternative Onsite Septic System which will lower the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that are contained in the effluent below that required by current state law.  Further, the developer indicated that they will acquire the state required offset credits to account for their nutrient loading of the lake and will work within the Lake Anna Watershed to implement these credits. 

LACA has asked the developer to create and implement credit offset programs that directly impact Lake Anna and further, that mitigate the specific nutrient loading from the effluent released into the watershed.  Suggested approaches are to:

  • Develop a "wetland" project that is positioned to directly mitigate the nutrient loading contained in the released effluent from the Cutalong Phase Two WWTF.
  • Develop floating wetlands that are placed in the lake in proximity to the inflow of any runoff from the Phase Two WWTF.
  • Ensure that any other projects for credits from the Phase Two WWTF nutrient loading are implemented within the Lake Anna Watershed.

Other aspects of the future development that are worth noting include:

  • Dredging in Contrary Creek
  • Marina and Shoreline Development in Contrary Creek

Through our internal discussion many ideas were developed and discussed that are thought to be good for the community and the relationship between the Cutalong community and other Lake Anna constituencies.  More information on several aspects of this development can be found in the July 2023 Newsletter article.  Updates to this page will occur as details become public.

History

Now that properties within Cutalong are back on the market, interest is building in the new facilities, especially building lots, the golf course and significant waterfront facilities on Contrary Creek.  An on-site sales office is now open.

LACA’s interest in the project started in 2006-2008 during the initial planning stages.  During that time, we worked with the developer, Louisa County officials and DEQ specifically on the water supply plan (VWP) and the dredging plan for Contrary Creek.   Water for the golf course can be withdrawn only during normal lake elevations but can be stored in holding ponds.  Withdrawals could not occur during Energy Conservation mode of Unit 3 nuclear plant (since abandoned).  The dredging plan had several LACA concerns (dry dredging), most of which were adopted.   Most site plans were granted by Louisa County.

Work on the project continued through the early 2010s until financial problems beset the owners.  They asked the Court for a bankruptcy plan which was not granted. Accordingly, the Cutalong property was sold at public auction.

The new owners pledged to move along with the original plan, including the golf course.  Louisa officials affirm that the Generalized Master Plan was approved by the Louisa Board of Supervisors (BOS).  Recorded plats include 46 building lots and 19 lots at the Farm at Cutalong.  Site plans cover the water supply system, the golf course and sales office. 

For more information, please see the documents posted in our Land Use Library.


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