The Agenda: Local government briefs for 7.19.21


A map of the 334-acre The Aire at Westchester site, just west of Westchester Commons at Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike. (Courtesy of Chesterfield County)

334-acre mixed-use development proposed next to Westchester Commons

The Chesterfield Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday. Full agenda here.

Commissioners are slated to weigh a rezoning request by GrayCo Properties that would set the stage for a 334-acre mixed-use development by HHHunt Communities called The Aire at Westchester, in the Midlothian Magisterial District.

The development would be adjacent to Westchester Commons, which itself is slated for a residential infill project. The Aire at Westchester would rise on land north of Midlothian Turnpike, west of Route 288 and Watkins Centre Parkway, and east of Huguenot Springs Road.

The development would include townhomes, single-family homes and apartments, with total residential units proposed to come in at 2,215 units. The development would also include 200,000 square feet of commercial space.


A conceptual site plan of how the temporary GRTC transfer station would be laid out in the city-owned parking lot. (Courtesy of City of Richmond)

Temporary GRTC transfer station on city planning agenda Monday

The Richmond Planning Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Business on the agenda includes review of a temporary GRTC transfer station planned in the city-owned parking lot between Eighth and Ninth streets and between Leigh and Clay streets.

The move from the current setup on Ninth Street would make way for the redevelopment of the Public Safety Building site, where a 20-story tower and mixed-use office complex is planned.

The transfer station is projected to be in place up to 10 years. The lot’s 64 public parking spaces would be removed, and city government spaces would be reduced from 199 to 34. About a dozen on-street spaces along Eighth Street also would be impacted, with seven spaces proposed to remain.

Also on the agenda is a special-use request for a proposed art gallery at 205 W. Brookland Park Blvd. Full agenda here.

‘Greater Scott’s Addition,’ north-of-Fan zoning changes advance

At its previous meeting July 6, the city Planning Commission voted to recommend the proposed zoning changes for the “Greater Scott’s Addition” area and properties along the Pulse corridor generally north of Broad Street from the Fan District.

The commission held off for six months a review of Richmond’s year-old rules for regulating short-term home rentals in the city. The commission now plans to revisit the rules in January.

Hanover County to start comprehensive plan review

Hanover County is slated to soon begin its regular months-long process of reviewing and updating its comprehensive plan, which is the county’s long-term roadmap for development, land use and growth.

A review of the Strategic Zoning Initiative policy, as well as solar farm policies, agribusiness policies, mixed-use zoning, housing and development plans for specific corridors in the county are among the jumping-off points that county staff has identified for the plan update, Planning Director David Maloney told county supervisors during an introductory presentation on the effort last month.

At this stage it’s difficult to say what elements of the plan might get tweaked. The review process will be informed by input gathered from county officials and county residents.

The county expects to line up a consultant by early October to help it through its latest regular review of its comprehensive plan, and that consultant will work alongside a traffic consultant in the review, Maloney told BizSense July 9. The county has allocated $300,000 to hire the consulting firms for the review.

In November, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will meet to come to agreement on the demographic and housing trend data and land-use analysis to inform the review. The public engagement period is slated for the fall and winter in 2021 and 2022. Draft recommendations are expected by spring 2022, with an anticipated adoption of the updated plan by winter 2023.

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Carl Schwendeman
Carl Schwendeman
5 days ago

I really hope Richmond legalizes 20 story tall buildings along all of Board Street in that a lot of those empty parking lots and half abandoned one story buildings would make a good people sink to take pressure off the over heated rental market.