The Agenda: Local government briefs for 2.18.20

Correction: The Hanover County Planning Commission meeting with the Wegmans distribution facility on the agenda is scheduled Thursday at 7 p.m. An earlier version of this roundup incorrectly reported an earlier start time.

Wegmans distribution facility on Hanover planning agenda

The Hanover County Planning Commission meets Thursday at 7 p.m. Public hearing items include Air Park Associates LP’s rezoning request for the proposed Wegmans Food Markets distribution facility on 220 acres just east of the county airport. Full agenda here.

Hardywood revamp, 12-story tower on city planning agenda

A rendering from SMBW of Hardywood’s future Richmond operation. (Courtesy Hardywood Park Craft Brewery)

The Richmond Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Business includes three rezoning requests related to a planned mixed-use project near the intersection of Ownby Lane and Overbrook Road that would involve Hardywood consolidating its flagship brewery. Spy Rock Real Estate Group and Crescent Preservation & Development Co. are behind the project.

Also on the agenda is The Opus Group’s request to permit a 12-story, 168-unit residential tower at the northwest corner of Broad and Lombardy streets. Full agenda here.

A rendering of the 12-story tower. (Courtesy Opus Group)

Budget proposals begin rolling out in Hanover, Goochland

Budget season kicked off locally with Hanover County supervisors receiving their proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 at a meeting last week. County Administrator Cecil “Rhu” Harris Jr., who is retiring in May, delivered his final budget presentation to the board.

Hanover’s budget plan totals $499.1 million, representing a 1.4 percent increase over this year. It includes a $276.9 million general fund budget, up $9.8 million, or 3.7 percent, over the current general fund. The proposal maintains current tax rates, including the county’s real estate tax rate of $0.81 per $100 of assessed value, and includes a 2 percent merit pay adjustment for all county employees.

Budget details are posted here. A public hearing is to be held April 1.

Goochland County Administrator John Budesky will present his budget proposal when supervisors meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. A public hearing is to be scheduled for April 7. The agenda for the Tuesday meeting can be viewed here.

Chesterfield supervisors, planning board hold meetings

Chesterfield supervisors meet Wednesday at 1 p.m. Business includes awarding a local match of a $250,000 state Opportunity Fund grant for DuPont’s planned $75 million expansion and upgrade of its Spruance site. Full agenda here.

The Chesterfield Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. Business includes a request from Emerson Companies LLC to rezone 21 acres at the southwest corner of North Wooldridge Road and Coalfield Station Lane for a multifamily residential development. Full agenda here.

City minority business office to hold procurement workshops

The City of Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development is offering a construction workshop series to assist contractors in improving their procurement opportunities, and developing their technical skills and knowledge.

The series will focus on different areas of contracting, including project management, project expectations, understanding contracts, successful estimating, bonding and accessing funding with the city. A goal is to arm local contractors – minority contractors in particular – with professional development to increase their procurement success in the city.

The series begins Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m., at Huguenot Community Center, 7945 Forest Hill Ave. Classes are free and light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is available here. More information is available by calling LaQuiana Bailey at 646-1875.

Chesterfield revamps zoning case status web page

Chesterfield County has revamped its web page for looking up pending zoning cases. It details information about zoning case applications, including the applicant, the county case manager assigned to the case, a summary of the project, contact information for the zoning team and a map showing the proposed project location.

The web page includes a visualized representation of the six stages of county review and approval for zoning application and, for each individual case, indicates which stage the case is currently in. It also includes an interactive county map of all pending zoning cases that use GIS mapping. The page can be viewed here.

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