The Agenda: Local government briefs for 10.5.20

Renderings of the Carver Square condos. (Submitted rendering)

Carver condos, museum renovation, Richmond 300 on city planning agenda

 The Richmond Planning Commission meets Monday at 1:30 p.m. Full agenda here. Business on the agenda includes special-use permit and road closure requests for Carver Square, a 90-unit condo development that Stanley Martin Homes is planning on about 3 acres at North Lombardy and West Moore streets.

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture is requesting an ordinance amendment to allow a $30 million renovation involving interior modifications, building expansion and site modifications to include changes to the parking area, greenspace, landscaping and signage, and construction of an accessory museum café within the building.

The commission also will receive and vote on the final version of the Richmond 300 master plan update. If endorsed, the plan would be introduced to the City Council for adoption at its Nov. 9 meeting.

1,000-acre Goochland project would include events space, airstrip

 Goochland supervisors will consider a 1,000-acre project that would include an events venue, recreation facilities and an airstrip at its Oct. 6 meeting.

Joseph Liesfeld Jr. is seeking a conditional-use permit to establish the events space and campground with an airstrip at 6341, 6345, 6351 and 6355 Old Columbia Road and 6260, 6270 and 6276 River Road West, comprising 1,025 acres in the western part of the county.

The Goochland administration building. (Jonathan Spiers)

The CUP would also allow the property to be the site of short-term rentals, a retail building limited to 5,000 square feet and a zipline course. A public hearing will precede the vote on the proposal.

The public hearing portion of the meeting will start at 6 p.m. The full agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Vote on Pulse zoning changes deferred again

 The Richmond City Council at its meeting last week continued a vote on a third phase of proposed zoning changes tied to the city’s Pulse Corridor Plan. Council members cited concerns from neighborhood groups over potential building heights among reasons for delaying the vote to its Nov. 9 regular meeting. The council previously deferred a vote at its Sept. 14 meeting.

City launches registration portal for minority and small businesses

Richmond’s Office of Minority Business Development launched a new supplier and diversity portal through diversity platform B2GNow. Minority business enterprises and emerging small businesses can use the portal to register with the office, which also will use the new system to track business spending, goal setting and certification.

The current minority businesses directory will be deactivated at the end of this year. The new system can be accessed via this link.

Powhatan planners to consider permit for solar farm

 The Powhatan County Planning Commission will consider whether to recommend a conditional-use permit to allow the construction of a solar farm on the northern end of Brauer Road (State Route 626) and along the southern side of Three Bridge Road (State Route 615) at its meeting Oct. 6.

The properties under consideration consist of about 927 acres, though the maximum project area is 200 acres. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and the agenda can be found here.

Goochland planners OK changes to sidewalk, street tree installation timelines

 The Goochland County Planning Commission voted Oct. 1 to recommend a proposal by HHHunt Mosaic LLC to amend the county zoning ordinance to change the timeline in which street trees and sidewalks must be installed in residential developments.

If approved, developers would be allowed to install street trees and sidewalks prior to the issuance of an occupancy certificate for an individual house. As things stand now, street trees and sidewalks must be installed after building permits are issued for half the lots in a development.

The proposed amendment now goes to the Board of Supervisors, which will weigh final approval at a future meeting.

Richmond earmarks city-owned properties for income-based housing

 Richmond administrators presented the 2020 Biennial Real Estate Strategies Plan to the City Council last week. The plan lists 66 parcels of city-owned real estate that are to be used to promote income-based housing development and homeownership.

Thirty-two of the parcels are allocated for income-based homeownership that will be conveyed to the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust. Twenty-one are for multifamily rental units to be conveyed to housing nonprofits through requests for proposals. And 13 are for large-scale mixed-use and mixed-income development to be conveyed to private developers through RFPs.

A copy of the plan is available here.

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