The Agenda: Local government briefs for 2.10.20

A conceptual rendering of the buildings that would fill Navy Hill’s ‘Block D’, which would house VCU Health offices and facilities for two nonprofits. (Courtesy VCU Health)

Council votes Monday could decide fate of Navy Hill project

Richmond City Council meets Monday, with an informal meeting at 4 p.m. and regular session starting at 6 p.m. The agenda for the regular meeting includes several votes that could determine the fate of the $1.5 billion Navy Hill redevelopment plan.

Council is set to vote on a request asking Mayor Levar Stoney to withdraw the project’s ordinances and start a new process to request proposals from developers. The request was introduced at council’s previous regular meeting, with members Kimberly Gray, Vice Chairman Chris Hilbert, Kristen Larson, Stephanie Lynch and Reva Trammel voting in favor.

In a committee meeting last week, the same majority also voted to recommend striking the project’s ordinances from the agenda. Council will vote on whether to follow that recommendation from council’s Organizational Development Standing Committee at Monday’s meeting.

Short-term home rental rules up for deciding vote

Other business on the agenda includes a deciding vote on proposed rules for regulating short-term residential rentals in the city.

First rolled out last spring and tweaked since then, the policy would require anyone looking to rent out a property for less than 30 days at a time to obtain a biennial permit, at a cost of $300. It would not impose a transient occupancy tax on rentals, though the latest version of the proposal notes that transient occupancy and other local taxes will be considered at a later date, potentially taking effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The proposal no longer includes a restriction on the number of nights a dwelling could be rented per year – previously proposed at 180 nights a year. The rules would restrict short-term home rentals to operators’ primary residences, meaning the property where an operator resides at least half the year.

Wildlife rehab facility, ‘tourist homes’ on city agenda

Other business on council’s agenda includes a special-use permit request from Carol Adams to allow bed-and-breakfast “tourists homes” at 2615, 2617 and 2619 W. Cary St.

Deworth Restoration Associates, which developed a nearby block of 19th-century rowhouses along O Street, is requesting a special-use permit to develop three “live/work” units at 821 N. 25th St. Barbara Slatcher requests a special-use permit to authorize a home-based wildlife rehab facility at 4647 Arrowhead Road.

The full agenda is available here.

Sports arena bonds, $3M police annex contract on Henrico agenda

Henrico supervisors meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. Full agenda here.

Public hearing items include a rezoning and permit request from New Market – Gayton Crossing LLC to allow a Starbucks coffee shop with drive-through service on an outparcel fronting Gaskins Road at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. Other requests would allow a 10-acre expansion of the Westminster Canterbury retirement community southeast of Interstate 95 and Dumbarton Road.

Also on the agenda, the board will request the county EDA to issue up to $50 million in revenue bonds to finance an indoor sports and convocation center as part of The Rebkee Co. and Shamin Hotels’ planned redevelopment of parts of the Virginia Center Commons shopping mall.

A rendering of the new sports and convocation arena. (Courtesy Henrico County)

Other items include a $3 million contract to be awarded to Scott’s Addition-based Daniel & Co. for construction of a new police annex building at 8040 Shrader Road. Construction would begin in March on the 12-month project, which received 11 bids.

Henrico planning board meets Thursday

The Henrico County Planning Commission meets Thursday at 7 p.m. to review rezonings and provisional use permit requests. SXCW Properties II LLC proposes a car wash and gas station for 5 acres on the west side of Staples Mill Road north of Parham Road. Full agenda here.

Hanover administrator to present proposed budget

Hanover supervisors meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. County Administrator Rhu Harris will present his proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, among other business. Full agenda here.

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