The Agenda: Local government briefs for 11.16.20

Hanover County supervisors are set to vote Wednesday on a rezoning tied to the proposed Hickory Grove mixed-use development, which would include 100 townhomes. (BizSense file)

Hanover supervisors to vote on Rogers-Chenault development

 The Hanover County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting on Wednesday. Full agenda here.

The board will weigh final approval of a rezoning request tied to Rogers-Chenault’s Hickory Grove project. The rezoning would pave the way for a multi-use development and 100 age-restricted townhomes on 51 acres located on the north side of East Patrick Henry Road at Providence Church Road. The project area is near the Hickory Hill subdivision. A public hearing will be held prior to the vote.

New coronavirus relief program aimed at small businesses in Chesterfield

Chesterfield County and LISC Virginia launched the Chesterfield County Microenterprise Relief Fund, a pandemic relief fund aimed at businesses with five or fewer employees.

The program provides awards of up to $10,000 to cover expenses like rent, payroll and utilities. Applications, which opened on Nov. 9, will be accepted on a rolling basis. Funds will be doled out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible businesses must include the owner of the business among its headcount. The owner’s household income must be below 80 percent of the area median income. For more information, visit

Chesterfield weighs changes to Route 1 development rules, new residential developments 

 The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting on Wednesday. Full agenda here.

The board will weigh whether to adopt a proposed change to the Route 1 Residential Overlay and Northern Jefferson Davis Highway Design District Development Standards. In general, the proposed amendment to the county code would permit multifamily units to be located up to 800 feet from Jefferson Davis Highway as part of developments along the frontage of the road north of Osborne Road.

The change would reduce required balconies from half of units to no less than 30 percent of units when other common space is present, alongside other changes. A public hearing will be held prior to the vote.

Also on the agenda are two rezoning requests tied to residential development projects: a 100-unit independent living development called The Crest at Salisbury Apartments, and a 113-lot subdivision north of Chesterbrook Farms and west of Womack Road.

The Crest would consist of a single building on about 4 acres at North Otterdale Road and Wylderose Drive. The subdivision, proposed by Emerson Cos., would be built on 45 acres, with minimum lot sizes of 6,000 square feet.

Vote on Pulse zoning changes delayed to December

 The Richmond City Council delayed a vote on a third phase of proposed zoning changes tied to the city’s Pulse Corridor Plan. The council is now scheduled to consider a vote Dec. 14.

This is the third time a vote has been continued since September, when members cited concerns from neighborhood groups over potential building heights. The changes in some cases would allow building heights of 20 stories or more, including several spots along Broad directly across from the Fan.

Public hearing Tuesday on Richmond 300 plan

 A public hearing on the proposed Richmond 300 master plan update will be held Tuesday in a meeting of the City Council’s Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee Meeting. The virtual meeting starts at 1 p.m. and can be viewed here.

The committee will review the ordinance and make a recommendation to the council, which will hold its own public hearing before a scheduled vote on the plan at its Dec. 14 meeting.

Powhatan to solicit input on strategic plan

 Powhatan County has scheduled two open house meetings to get public input on the county’s draft strategic plan, which, once approved, would help guide the county’s decision-making on future budgets, land use and capital projects. The meeting dates are as follows:

  • • Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m. at Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department (1959 Urbine Road).
  • • Nov. 19, 5-7 p.m. at Pocahontas Landmark Center (4290 Anderson Highway).

County staff will be available to discuss the draft plan’s goals and priorities, and also gather feedback. The plan can be reviewed here.

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