The Agenda: Local government briefs for 7.26.21

An aerial of the area as envisioned in Richmond 300. (BizSense file)

‘Greater Scott’s Addition,’ north-of-Fan zoning changes go to City Council

The Richmond City Council meets in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday. Full agenda available here.

Business on the consent agenda include 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.

Also on the consent agenda is a previously deferred special-use request for a warehouse at 501 Oliver Hill Way that would allow uses such as a brewery, distillery, manufacturing, and food and beverage distribution.

City of Richmond releases draft Shockoe Small Area Plan

The City of Richmond released its draft Shockoe Small Area Plan last week.

Public comment on the document will be accepted through Aug. 27.

The community-rooted plan envisions the redevelopment of the Shockoe area with an emphasis on reparative investment and historical justice. A proposed heritage campus, dedicated to telling the complete history of the neighborhood, is envisioned as serving as a catalyst for equitable growth.

The draft plan can be viewed here, and comments can also be submitted on the site. The plan also will be presented in an in-person meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 on the lower level of Main Street Station. A virtual meeting and presentation is scheduled at noon Aug. 4.

Glenwood Golf Course plan advances, Innsbrook mixed-use project deferred

The Henrico County Planning Commission this month recommended approval of a reworked proposal from Godsey Properties to develop Glenwood Golf Course with two residential subdivisions totaling 290 homes. An earlier plan had called for 320 homes.

The commission continued to next month a vote on Highwoods Properties’ proposed mixed-use development on about 34 acres at Innsbrook’s northern entrance at Nuckols Road and Interstate 295. Commissioners voiced concerns about transportation and traffic impacts of the development, which would fill the site with a mix of retail, office, multifamily residential and potentially a hotel.

HHHunt’s 334-acre mixed-use plan advances in Chesterfield

The Chesterfield County Planning Commission voted last week to recommend approval of The Aire at Westchester, a proposed 334-acre mixed-use development beside Westchester Commons.

Project developer HHHunt Communities wants to build more than 2,000 residential units, which would include single-family homes, apartments and townhomes. The development could also feature 200,000 square feet of commercial space that would include a 70,000-square-foot grocery store.

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

Chesterfield to vote on mixed-use development near Colonial Heights

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet Wednesday. Full agenda here.

Supervisors are expected to weigh approval of a mixed-use development just north of Colonial Heights at the southwest intersection of Whitehouse Road and Route 1.

Swift Creek Vistas LLC filed the rezoning and conditional use application tied to the project, which would see a four-story, approximately 51,000-square-foot building with 30 apartments and ground-floor retail space rise on parcels that total 19 acres. The development would also include 95 townhomes.

The board is also slated to consider a request by Creighton Companies LLC to amend a previously approved zoning case to pave the way for a roughly 4,700-square-foot building that would house a 7-Eleven and a drive-thru restaurant at 2903 Oak Lake Blvd.

The undeveloped, 1.8-acre property is across the street from Southside Speedway, which Chesterfield County recently spent a total of $5 million to acquire. The deal hadn’t been reflected in online property records Friday afternoon. County officials plan to redevelop the speedway to complement the nearby River City Sportsplex.

Matching grant program available to help businesses attract new employees   

A matching grant program available through Virginia Career Works Capital Region is aimed at helping area small businesses attract new employees with signing bonuses.

Part of the state’s “Return to Earn” initiative, the hiring-incentive program will pay qualifying businesses up to $500 in matching funds for signing bonuses paid by employers for newly hired employees.

To qualify, a business must have fewer than 100 employees across all of its Virginia locations and new employees must be unemployed at the time they are hired. Eligible positions can be full- or part-time and must pay a minimum of $15 per hour.

A qualifying business will be reimbursed for half of a bonus it pays to a newly hired employee, up to $500. The program will help match bonuses for up to 25 new hires for a qualifying business.

Applications and additional information are available here and by calling Virginia Career Works Capital Region at (804) 652-3228.

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