(Jan. 3, 2020) The Refuge at Windmill Creek, formerly Evergreen Village, passed the preliminary plat review’s third step during the Technical Review meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The proposed 90 single-family lot development is located on the northwest side of Beauchamp Road and north of Racetrack Road.
Bob Hand, the land planner, confirmed that the roads within the subdivision will be private roads. Ocean Pines is still determining the storm water infrastructure.
The project cleared its first hurdle when the Worcester County Planning Commission passed its concept plan in early July. Windmill Creek received its designation as a residential planned community from the Worcester County Commissioners on Sept. 3.
It passed the step two of the master plan on Nov. 7, but only with the requirement that the developer, Blue Water Development, extend the sidewalk to both sides of Beauchamp Road for bicycle and pedestrian safety. The original plan had the sidewalk only extending toward St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
The housing development will be the first residential planned community in Worcester County in 11 years. According to Chris Larmore, a contractor with Blue Water Development, the project will next go to final construction drawings and the final plat approval, which he hopes will coincide with a February building permit. If that occurs, housing construction could begin by late summer or early fall 2020.