The Agenda: Local government briefs for 5.10.21

A rendering of the apartments proposed at Virginia Center Commons. (Poole & Poole Architecture)

500-unit apartment complex at Virginia Center Commons on Henrico agenda

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

Public hearing items include rezoning and provisional-use permit requests for a 500-unit apartment development to replace the former JCPenney at Virginia Center Commons. The apartments would add to a larger redevelopment of the VCC site by Rebkee Co. and Shamin Hotels, which purchased the 7-acre department store building in January for $3 million.

RJM Land LLC seeks approvals for a detached-homes subdivision on 30 acres on the north side of Mountain Road west of Woodman Road. HHHunt seeks to increase the number of condos for its “The Corner at Twin Hickory” development from 90 to 105. And Hundred Acre Woods Inc. seeks approval for a zero-lot-line residential development on a 33-acre tract at the terminus of Opaca Lane near Wyndham Forest.

Casino closed session, Shockoe and Caravati’s rezonings on agendas

The Richmond City Council meets Monday starting with an informal session at 4 p.m. Business includes a presentation on the city’s annual paving plan and a closed session related to the city’s casino evaluation process.

A release from the city on Friday said its Resort Casino Evaluation Panel is entering into the negotiation phase of the process with the objective of making a recommendation by the end of this month on a recommended operator, location and negotiated terms. Updated information sheets on the remaining two proposals can be found here.

The 5.3 acres planned for a mixed-use development are bound by East Broad, North 17th and Oliver Hill Way, near the East Broad Street exit off I-95. (BizSense file)

The council’s agenda for the 6 p.m. regular meeting includes rezoning requests for the Caravati’s warehouse property in Manchester and the surface parking lot at 300 and 400 Oliver Hill Way in Shockoe Bottom. The Planning Commission last week supported both proposals, which seek B-4 Central Business District and TOD-1 Transit-Oriented Nodal District zonings, respectively.

Also from last week’s Planning Commission meeting is Max Holdings LLC’s request to rezone the half-acre site at 711 Dawn St. for a five-story mixed-use building with 52 apartments above 7,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance to declare surplus and direct the sale of 15 parcels of city-owned real estate to the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust, which manages the Richmond Land Bank. The parcels would be sold for $1 each and are separate from 36 parcels earmarked for the nonprofit in the city’s recently approved real estate disposition plan.

Full agendas for both meetings can be found here.

41-acre mixed-use development gets thumbs up in Goochland

The Goochland County Planning Commission voted last week to recommend approval of a mixed-use development proposed by Markel | Eagle, which filed a rezoning application to allow the construction of 31 age-restricted, single-family detached homes as an extension of the Parkside Village subdivision.

The 41-acre project area, which is located at the northwest corner of Ashland and Johnson roads, would have a residential component that would occupy about 20 acres. The rezoning also would pave the way for up to 35,000 square feet of new retail space and 109,000 square feet of industrial facilities.

The proposal now heads to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

Richmond budget director takes deputy county administrator job in Hanover

Jay Brown

Jay Brown will assume the role of Hanover County’s deputy county administrator for administrative services effective June 16.

Brown has been Richmond’s budget and strategic planning director since 2014. He previously served as the department’s deputy director from 2010 to 2013, and served as assistant county administrator and finance director for Charles City County from 2007 to 2010.

Hanover County said it selected Brown from about 65 applicants for the post. Brown holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from VCU and a master’s in public administration from Virginia Tech.

Brown will supervise the county’s finance and information technology departments, and he will take the lead in the county’s strategic planning, among other duties.

He will replace Kathy Seay, who retired in March.

Richmond names interim budget director, HR and finance directors

With Brown’s departure, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney named deputy director Jason May as interim budget and strategic planning director effective June 15. Stoney also appointed Mona Adkins-Easley as human resources director and Sheila White as finance director.

Both Adkins-Easley and White had been serving as interim directors of their respective departments prior to their appointments. May will serve in his interim role while the city seeks a replacement for Brown, who had served as budget director since 2014.

Adkins-Easley has more than 35 years of public service experience, including HR administrative roles at VSU for 17 years and at Norfolk State University for four years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Norfolk State and a master’s in public administration from VCU.

White has served as senior deputy finance director and is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience. She holds a degree in accounting from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

May has 11 years of experience in municipal budgeting and 19 years of experience in local government, having served as assistant to the city manager for the City of Kannapolis in North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Charlotte and a master’s in public administration from Appalachian State University.

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