Medical cannabis company’s appeal of denied dispensary to be heard in Chesterfield
Green Leaf Medical will go before the Chesterfield Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday to seek an appeal of the county’s determination that a cannabis dispensary can’t operate in the jurisdiction because it would sell a federally illegal substance. The meeting’s agenda can be found here.
Chesterfield County rejected Green Leaf’s building permit for the planned dispensary citing marijuana’s status as a federally illegal substance.
Recreational cannabis is legal to possess and consume in Virginia. Legal cannabis sales are currently possible only through the state’s medical program, of which Green Leaf is the sanctioned operator for the Richmond region.
Green Leaf’s has leased a commercial space near Chesterfield Towne Center for its Midlothian cannabis dispensary, though the project is currently on hold as Green Leaf appeals the county’s decision. Staff recommends the board deny the appeal.
Grocery-anchored development gets approval in Chesterfield
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted last week to approve a request by SJC Ventures to build a mixed-use development with a grocery store anchor in Midlothian. The Midlothian Depot project includes a 43,000-square-foot grocery store as well as additional retail space and 350 apartments at the corner of Midlothian Turnpike and Alverser Drive. The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project in September.
The board also approved a 394-lot subdivision of single-family homes on a 164-acre site north of the intersection of Genito and Otterdale roads. The Newmarket South project is an expansion of the existing Newmarket development.
Goochland names new deputy county administrator
Krystal Onaitis has been tapped as Goochland County’s new deputy county administrator. Her first day was earlier this month, according to a county news release.
Onaitis was most recently city manager for Covington. Prior to that gig, she worked for Richmond in the mayor’s office as an advisor among other roles, per the release. Onaitis has a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration from VCU.
As deputy county administrator, Onaitis will oversee the permitting, planning, transportation and utilities departments in addition to managing county-wide special projects.
Richmond to search for next police chief after Gerald Smith resigns
Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith resigned Oct. 25 after two years on the job. Mayor Levar Stoney appointed Acting Major Richard Edwards as acting chief ahead of a nationwide search for Smith’s replacement.
Smith had drawn scrutiny following a July news conference in which he alleged that the police department had foiled a mass shooting at Dogwood Dell on July Fourth. Information provided in the news conference was later found to be false.
In a statement, Stoney said Chief Administrative Officer Lincoln Saunders recommended Edwards’ appointment and will conduct a nationwide search “in order for the City to find the best-qualified candidate and fit for the department and the community.”
The statement said Edwards is a decorated officer with more than 20 years of service in Richmond. He attended the University of Richmond and played on the Spiders basketball team.