The Agenda: Local government briefs for 9.30.19

Manakin Towne project, West Creek concert series up for votes

An aerial rendering of Manakin Towne. (Courtesy 510 Architects)

Goochland supervisors meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. Public hearing items include Towne & Country Partners LLC’s proposed Manakin Towne mixed-use development planned for 24 acres at Broad View Shopping Center. Also on the agenda is a proposal by Innsbrook After Hours promoters EventMakers-USA Inc. to start a new concert series at West Creek Business Park.

The county Planning Commission has previously recommended approving Manakin Towne and denying the concert series. The full supervisors agenda can be viewed here.

EventMakers-USA Inc. currently hosts the concerts at 4901 Lake Brook Drive in Innsbrook. (Innsbrook After Hours)

Navy Hill advisory board rounded out; site tour scheduled

Richmond City Council appointed seven people to its Navy Hill Development Advisory Commission, rounding out the body with previously named chairman Pierce Homer and vice chairman John Gerner.

Appointees include Mark Gordon, a former Bon Secours Mercy Health executive; Grindly Johnson, state deputy secretary of administration; Suzanne Long, a partner at Meyer, Baldwin, Long & Moore; Hakim Lucas, Virginia Union University president; Mary Harding “Mimi” Sadler, an architect and historic preservation consultant with Sadler & Whitehead Architects; Michael Schewel, an executive and general counsel at Tredegar Corp. and a former state secretary of commerce and trade; and Corey Walker, a University of Richmond visiting professor and former VUU professor.

The city Planning Commission will take a tour of the proposed Navy Hill redevelopment site Friday. The tour will start at the City Hall observation deck at 1:30 p.m.

Solar data center approved; Carvana vote deferred

Carvana delivery

Carvana delivers cars to potential clients’ homes for test driving. (Carvana)

Chesterfield supervisors unanimously approved Torch Clean Energy’s proposed solar farm-data center on the former Matoaca Mega Site. The board again deferred a decision on the proposed Carvana distribution facility near Chester, following a public hearing in which neighboring property owners expressed concerns about noise impacts and a related proffer that they had not had time to review. The board voted 3-2 to defer that case to their next regular meeting Oct. 23.

Cuffee-Glenn deputy is named interim city administrator

Lenora Reid was named interim chief administrative officer following last week’s dismissal of CAO Selena Cuffee-Glenn. Richmond City Council unanimously approved Mayor Levar Stoney’s selection of Reid, who has served as deputy CAO since 2015. An acting CAO is to be approved by council at a later date.

Reid previously worked under Cuffee-Glenn as finance director for the City of Suffolk. She followed Cuffee-Glenn to Richmond soon after Cuffee-Glenn was named CAO by then-mayor Dwight Jones. Earlier this year, Reid was serving as interim human resources director when several of Cuffee-Glenn’s relatives were hired by the city, according to an inspector general’s report that prompted Cuffee-Glenn’s dismissal.

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