The Agenda: Local government briefs for 7.13.20


Renderings of The Shire (left) and One Pouncey developments. (Submitted)

Review of mixed-use projects near Short Pump deferred a month

The Henrico County Planning Commission last week deferred five requests including four related to Blackwood Development’s One Pouncey project and Rebkee Co.’s The Shire development. Both firms requested the deferrals to the commission’s Aug. 13 meeting.

Hirschler attorney Jim Theobald, who is representing both firms in their requests, said the time was requested to hold additional community meetings and address concerns received from the public. He said those concerns relate to impacts on traffic and schools, as well as market need for apartments in those areas.

One Pouncey is proposed for up to 295 apartments and 40,000 square feet of commercial space at 4545 Pouncey Tract Road, a 10-acre tract at the southeast corner of Pouncey Tract Road and Twin Hickory Lake Drive. The Shire would consist of 225 apartments and 18,500 square feet of commercial space on 8 acres on the west side of John Rolfe Parkway at its intersections with Pump and Church roads.

Islamic center land swap on Henrico agenda

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

Business includes a property exchange between the county and the Islamic Center of Henrico/Masjid Al-Falah involving land at 7705 Impala Drive and 7200 Galaxie Road. The Islamic center asked Henrico to convey about 3 acres of a 15-acre tract that the county owns at 7200 Galaxie in exchange for 1.5 acres of the center’s property. The center also would pay the county $25,000.

The board also plans to award a $2.7 million contract to Richmond-based Hazen and Sawyer for replacement of deteriorated mechanical equipment at the county’s water reclamation facility in Varina. Hazen and Sawyer was selected over six other firms that responded to a request for proposals. A $1.4 million contract for stream restoration work at the facility is to be awarded to North Carolina-based Fluvial Solutions, the low-bidder among five bids received.

School solar panels, subdivisions on Hanover planning agenda

The Hanover County Planning Commission meets Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Full agenda here.

Business includes a request from the Hanover County School Board to amend a conditional-use permit to allow installation of solar panels on land between Kersey Creek Elementary School and Hanover Center for Trades and Technology. The panels would produce electricity for the trades center, and the power would be purchased from the solar facility operator at a cost savings from what would otherwise be paid to Dominion Energy, according to a staff report.

Sprouses Corner LLC seeks to rezone 41 acres on the west side of Pinhook Road at Oilville Manor Court to create six building lots, and Eddie Blunt seeks to rezone 17 acres on the north side of Cobbs Road west of Old Scotland Road for a 42-home subdivision to be built by RC-I Builders.

The commission plans to defer a rezoning request for Hickory Grove, a multiuse development by Rogers-Chenault Inc. proposed to consist of 100 age-restricted townhomes and a mix of commercial uses on 51 acres on the north side of East Patrick Henry Road at Providence Church Road.

Rogers-Chenault requested a deferral to the commission’s August meeting. The case was previously deferred in March and June, the latter at the commission’s request to allow the developer to address concerns including traffic impacts and architecture designs.

Counties set up anti-discrimination resources portal

Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties launched a webpage called Know Your Rights and Resources. The webpage is designed to connect residents to national, state and local organizations fighting discrimination in the areas of credit, education, employment, healthcare, housing, public accommodation, voting and others.

The page is managed by Chesterfield’s Department of Citizen Information and Resources and provides links to federal human rights laws enacted to shield federally protected classes from discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Housing Act.

The page is linked here and is accessible via the counties’ websites.

24 appointed to public safety reform taskforce

Taskforce members flank Mayor Levar Stoney during his announcement of the group. (City of Richmond photo)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney appointed 24 people to the newly created Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety. The taskforce is one of several proposals Stoney made in response to recent protests that at times resulted in clashes with police.

The group is tasked with reviewing the Richmond Police Department’s use-of-force policies, exploring an approach to public safety with a focus on human services, and prioritizing community healing and engagement, according to a release. The group is to present its recommendations 45 days after its first meeting.

Taskforce members include active and retired RPD officers, a Black Lives Matter organizer, Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin, City Councilmembers Michael Jones and Ellen Robertson, and others representing the activist, legal, academic, law enforcement, emergency services, artistic and healthcare fields. The taskforce will make meeting minutes available to the public.

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