The Agenda: Local government briefs for 4.12.21

Chesterfield approves FY22 budget with BPOL tax exemption increase

Chesterfield supervisors adopted the county’s budget for fiscal year 2022 at their meeting last week.

The budget features an $807 million general fund and level tax rates. It provides $344.7 million in local money for the school district, as well as $226.8 million for the capital improvement program. The budget totals $1.6 billion across all funds.

With the budget’s adoption, the county’s business and occupation license (BPOL) tax exemption threshold increases from $300,000 to $400,000 effective July 1.

The budget also sets the stage for a November 2022 bond referendum, which includes approximately $300 million for expansion and renovation to middle schools, as well as $150 million to renovate and build new county facilities.

The budget provides $36 million for pay increases for public safety workers and teachers. General government employees receive a 2 percent mid-year raise.

Budget hearing on Richmond City Council agenda Monday

The Richmond City Council meets Monday. Business on the agenda for the 6 p.m. regular meeting includes a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget. The council is scheduled to vote on the proposed $770.3 million spending plan in a special meeting May 3.

Other business on the agenda includes a request from Landmark Property Services to rezone nearly half an acre of land at 600, 602 and 606 Commerce Road in Manchester from industrial use to TOD-1 Transit-Oriented Nodal District to allow for a mixed-use development. The full agenda can be found here.

The Fulton Gas Works site along Williamsburg Avenue. The city plans to demolish the main building and other structures but preserve the building’s emblems and the gasometer structure, visible in the distance. (BizSense file)

Public meeting next week on Fulton Gas Works demo plan

The City of Richmond is accepting public comments on its plan to remove all existing buildings on the former Fulton Gas Works site. Written comments will be accepted until April 15, and a virtual public meeting to solicit comments is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 19.

The city is considering the site for new facilities for the department, or selling it for private redevelopment. An assessment of asbestos and pollution remediation that is needed for the site to be developed in any way determined that the buildings would have to be removed to properly remediate the site to remove pollution pathways, according to a notice.

Anyone interested in attending the April 19 meeting will need to RSVP prior to April 15 to Daniel Rifenburgh, engineering manager with Richmond Gas Works, at [email protected] in order to receive a link to the meeting. Written comments and requests for more information can be sent through the 15th to Rifenburgh by email and at Richmond Gas Works, 400 Richmond Highway, Richmond, VA 23224.

More information on the Fulton Gas Works remediation project can be found here.

Budget vote, rezoning requests on Henrico agenda

Henrico supervisors meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The board is scheduled to vote on the $1.4 billion budget proposed for fiscal year 2022. A public hearing on the budget was held March 23.

Other business on the agenda includes a proposal from Hundred Acre Woods Inc. for a zero-lot-line residential development on a 33-acre tract at the terminus of Opaca Lane near Wyndham Forest.

The board also will consider a provisional-use permit request from Richard Souter with WVS Cos. to reduce the required amount of commercial square footage in Rocketts Landing from 18 percent to 8 percent. The original zoning allowed the county to reduce the required commercial square footage below 25 percent with a conditional-use permit.

Full meeting agenda here.

Virginia Center Commons rezoning on Henrico planning agenda

The Henrico County Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday. Business on the agenda includes a rezoning request for Rebkee Co. and Shamin Hotels’ plan to redevelop Virginia Center Commons. The rezoning would allow up to 500 multifamily dwellings on the roughly 7-acre site, where demolition of the former shopping mall has been underway.

Business deferred from last month’s meeting includes Godsey Properties’ proposal to develop Glenwood Golf Course as two subdivisions totaling 320 homes. Also deferred from last month is HHHunt’s deferred request to increase the number of condos for its “The Corner at Twin Hickory” development from 90 to 105.

The project received an initial rezoning recommendation last fall for an office building and up to 90 condos on nearly 10 acres in the northeast corner of Pouncey Tract Road and Twin Hickory Lake Drive.

Full meeting agenda here.

Powhatan planners back comprehensive plan update

The Powhatan Planning Commission voted to recommend adoption of an amended comprehensive plan last week.

The proposed amended plan, which focused on land-use guidance on Route 60 East and Courthouse Village special area plans as well as simplified land-use designations, now heads to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

Supervisors approved the comprehensive plan in June 2019. About a year later, the board expressed its desire for the document to be further tweaked. That set off a series of workshops, some held jointly with the board, in which the commission worked through the proposed changes.

A comprehensive plan is a long-range roadmap to help guide local decision makers on land-use, transportation, economic development, housing and other topics. The draft updated comprehensive plan can be found here.

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