The Agenda: Local government briefs for 4.20.20

City launches meal program to support first responders and restaurants

The City of Richmond launched a meal program for COVID-19 first responders. The program aims to support both the local restaurant industry and the city’s first responders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

First responders on duty will be given options to order a meal from different local restaurants each day, giving small businesses priority in nourishing essential employees. Local restaurants within city limits that employ fewer than 25 employees at each location can apply to participate in the program.

Approved restaurants will be assigned one or more dates when the program will pay the cost of a first responder’s meal. The assigned restaurants will change day-to-day to give as many restaurants as possible opportunity to benefit from the program. Interested restaurants can access the application and program guidelines here.

Plan change to allow new tenants at Stony Point Shopping Center

The Richmond Planning Commission meets Monday at 1:30 p.m. Full agenda here.

Business on the consent agenda includes a Final Community Unit Plan amendment for Stony Point Shopping Center at 3000 Stony Point Road. The amendment would allow owner Ziff Properties to make façade improvements to accommodate what’s described as “a new, significant” tenant to lease about 13,000 square feet of the property.

Trader Joe’s is planning to open in the former Martin’s at Stony Point Shopping Center. (BizSense file photo)

The amendment coincides with news that Trader Joe’s is planning a new store in part of the shopping center’s former Martin’s space. The grocer is leasing about 14,700 square feet within the 40,000-square-foot building, leaving around 25,000 square feet available for other tenants.

Goochland takes measures to support business community

Goochland supervisors this month took action to ratify emergency actions in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and to support the county’s business community.

Measures include delaying the billing of 2020 machinery and tools and business personal property tax until Dec. 5. To allow local restaurants and businesses to advertise, the county also is allowing businesses to install banners and temporary signs letting the public know they are open for business. No permits or fees are required for these temporary signs, and no enforcement action will be taken during this time.

Goochland supervisors to vote on proposed budget

Goochland supervisors meet Tuesday at 2 p.m. Business includes a vote on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 and related documents. The board also will meet in closed session to discuss recruitment of a new county manager to replace John Budesky, who has been named the new manager for Hanover County. Full agenda here.

Courthouse Landing project on Chesterfield planning agenda

A rendering of the town homes planned for Courthouse Landing. (Submitted)

Chesterfield’s Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. The agenda, available here, includes items previously scheduled for the commission’s April 21 meeting, which was cancelled.

The commission will give a second look at Courthouse Landing, a mixed-use development with a hotel, 400,000 square feet of retail and office space, and hundreds of new homes planned for 122 acres southeast of the Route 288-Iron Bridge Road interchange.

The commission gave the $265 million development a thumbs-down in December, and supervisors in January gave the developers more time to address concerns about projected traffic and school impacts, and the site’s proximity to Chesterfield County Airport.

A site plan of Courthouse Landing. (Submitted)

The developers – Florida-based Dunphy Properties and Atlanta-based Shuler Properties – have revised their plan to include additional road improvements, and county planning and transportation staff recommend approval.

Main Street Homes planning townhomes in Midlothian

Also on the commission’s agenda, Randolph’s Pond LLC, an entity tied to Main Street Homes, seeks to rezone 20 acres on the east side of Coalfield Road south of Sycamore Village Drive. And Twin Rivers LLC looks to amend a previous zoning approval and seeks a zoning change to allow a development consisting of multifamily residential and business uses on about 70 acres of a 76­acre tract in the southeast corner of Meadowville Road and Meadowville Tech Parkway.

Budget vote, police station lease on Chesterfield board agenda

Chesterfield supervisors meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. Business on the agenda includes a vote on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 and related documents.

Other business includes a lease amendment with SugarOak Woodlake LLC for the temporary Hull Street Road Police Station space at 6812 Woodlake Commons Loop and an additional 1,500 square feet of office space at 6816 Woodlake Commons Loop. Full agenda here.

The meeting will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams and will be available on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live-streamed on and the county’s YouTube channel.

Hanover making food kits available beginning April 24

Hanover County is making food kits available to the community on April 24 at John M. Gandy and Mechanicsville elementary schools. The pre-packaged food kits will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. This is separate from the food program being offered to children by Hanover County Public Schools.

The program is funded through a grant from the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund. The funds will provide 12,500 meals for Hanover residents and supplement the student meal program and other local efforts. Additional dates will be scheduled depending on demand and as long as supplies last. Details here.

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