The Agenda: Local government briefs for 9.16.19

Two large-scale mixed-use projects pitched in Chesterfield

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Business on the agenda includes two mixed-use developments involving hundreds of acres.

SRBF LLC is proposing up to 1,250 residential units on nearly 110 acres next to Stonebridge for its Starview Village project. And Realty Ventures Group is proposing nearly 800 homes in a mixed-use project spanning nearly 230 acres at Hull Street Road and Route 288 south of Brandermill.

Full agenda here.

Goochland enhancing broadband internet access across county

The Goochland County administration building. (Jonathan Spiers)

Goochland County is committing $500,000 in investments for short- and long-term initiatives to expand access and accomplish universal broadband internet access across the county. It also is leveraging a previous $1.66 million investment in tower and fiber network infrastructure to attract providers.

Short term, the county is establishing enhanced opportunities to access broadband internet at local access points through expanded hot spots on or within public facilities. The new hot spot locations will be accessible starting in January 2020.

Long term, Goochland is committing $50,000 for study and implementation plans that will define focus areas and time frames to accomplish expansion efforts with providers. The county also, in partnership with the Goochland County Economic Development Authority, plans to commit $400,000 for grants, matches, incentives and low-interest loan incentives for providers.

More information on the initiative is available here.

Sports complex master plan, Navy Hill on city agenda

The Richmond Planning Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Business includes conceptual location, character and extent review of a master plan for the Broad Rock Sports Complex at 4835 Old Warwick Road, and a second presentation on the proposed Navy Hill redevelopment project. Full agenda here.

Henrico: Tourist spending climbs above $963 million

The Henrico County administration building. (Jonathan Spiers)

Henrico County reported that visitors spent $963.5 million in the county during 2018. It said the total, an increase of 5.2 percent over 2017, is the highest of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth-highest in the state, according to an annual study for the Virginia Tourism Corp.

Tourism in Henrico supported more than 8,700 jobs in 2018, with a combined payroll income of $233.4 million, the county said, adding that tourism generated tax receipts of $29.1 million for the county and $35.3 million for the state. The United States Travel Association compiled the tourism data for Virginia Tourism Corp.

Chesterfield airport starting runway expansion

Maintenance work underway at the Chesterfield County Airport is signaling the start of a county project to extend the runway length from 5,500 feet to 6,300 feet. The work has involved tree cutting and is expected to enhance safety and increase utilization of the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Virginia Department of Aviation are providing financial support and oversight on the project, which is expected to be completed in October.

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