The Agenda: Local government briefs for 9.18.23

Long-deferred Stratford Hills project back on city planning agenda

The Richmond Planning Commission meets Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Back on the agenda is a previously deferred request to amend the Stratford Hills Community Unit Plan. The amendment would increase the plan area by 2.85 acres to 67.4 acres to accommodate Harper Associates’ plan to develop a Chipotle restaurant and 6,500-square-foot retail outparcel and up to 36 townhomes on the east side of the site.

Full agenda here.

Rezoning request filed for 1,200-acre data center park in Hanover

hickory hill road data center tract

Denver-based company Tract in early September filed a rezoning application for 1,200 acres to establish a data center park outside Ashland and east of I-95. (Courtesy Hanover County)

Denver-based company Tract is seeking zoning approval to create a shovel-ready development site for a future data center park on about 1,200 acres along Hickory Hill Road east of Interstate 95 in Hanover County.

While Tract doesn’t intend to actually build a data center campus, the firm does plan to rezone the property to allow such development and spend millions on infrastructure in anticipation of selling portions of the site to companies that would operate data centers there.

A community meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for Monday (today) at 6 p.m. Monday at Hanover Tavern at 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. The Hanover Planning Commission is expected to consider the project proposal in November, and the Board of Supervisors is anticipated to provide a final verdict on the zoning request in December.

Residential development agreement approved for GreenCity project


A conceptual rendering of housing groups planned for the Scott Farm property.

At their meeting last week, Henrico supervisors approved a development agreement with an LLC tied to Markel | Eagle Partners for a residential portion of the GreenCity project.

The agreement calls for homebuilding arm Eagle Construction of VA to build all of the 880 for-sale homes that are planned for the 111-acre Scott Farm property that makes up the northern half of the 200-acre site northeast of Parham Road and I-95.

The board approved a request from Fulton Hill Properties to add 15 units to a seven-story apartment building it is planning at the intersection of Thalbro and Westmoreland streets. It deferred to its Oct. 10 meeting Markel | Eagle’s proposal for an 80-home subdivision on a 46-acre site southwest of Pouncey Tract Road and Wyndham West Drive.

GRTC holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for new downtown transfer station


Taking part in the ribbon-cutting were, from left: GRTC Board Chairman Tyrone Nelson, Chief of Staff Adrienne Torres, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Jennifer DeBruhl, and GRTC CEO Sheryl Adams. (Photo courtesy GRTC)

GRTC and local officials gathered last week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the transit system’s new temporary transfer station in downtown Richmond.

The station, which is now operational, is on a city-owned parking lot that’s bordered by East Leigh, Ninth and Eighth streets. The site is next to the Richmond courthouse complex at 400 N. Ninth St.

The transfer facility is a nexus point for GRTC’s bus routes. The station features 12 bus bays in addition to shelters for riders and digital information kiosks. It replaces the on-street transfer hub GRTC operated on Ninth Street.

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