The Agenda: Local government briefs for 5.16.22 | #socialmedia

A proposed development near Cosby High School in Chesterfield County would have as many as 105 single-family detached homes and duplexes. Photo courtesy of Chesterfield County.

Residential development near Cosby High up for a vote in Chesterfield
The Chesterfield Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday. Full agenda here.

The commissioners are expected to vote on whether to recommend a proposal by Millwood Investment Co. to build up to 105 homes on 25 acres at 4601 Fox Club Parkway and 15100 Millwood School Lane. The development would be a mix of single-family detached homes and duplexes.

The conceptual plan shows 98 residential units. No more than 80 units of either type of dwelling unit would be allowed to be built at the development

The Board of Supervisors will decide on final approval at a future meeting.

Chesterfield receives 15 NaCo awards
Chesterfield County recently announced it earned 15 awards in the National Association of Counties’ annual Achievement Award Program.

The program doles out accolades for innovative local government initiatives. Chesterfield won “best in category” in the civic education and public information category for a youth-focused social media campaign called “Mental Health Is A Puzzle, But We Have The Missing Piece,” according to a county news release.

The full list of the county’s awards can be found here.

Coliseum transfer, City Center rezoning on Richmond planning agenda
The Richmond Planning Commission meets Monday at 1:30 p.m. Full agenda here.

Business includes an ordinance declaring surplus and directing the conveyance of the 7-acre Richmond Coliseum property at 601 E. Leigh St. to the Economic Development Authority. The transfer would position the site for redevelopment in accordance with the City Center small area plan adopted this year.

Also on the agenda is an update from staff on a proposed City Center rezoning stemming from that plan. Other business includes requested amendments to the Richmond 300 plan that would identify the city’s subsidized housing communities — Creighton Court, Fairfield Court, Gilpin Court, Hillside Court, Mosby Court North and South, and Whitcomb Court — as priority growth nodes in the plan.

City Council adopts $2.7 billion budget for FY23
The Richmond City Council adopted a $2.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2023 at its regular meeting last week. The plan includes an $838.7 million general fund budget, up about $2.7 million from the general fund initially proposed.

The budget represents an 8.5 percent increase over the current general fund and includes no increases in real estate, personal property or other general tax rates. The city’s real estate tax rate stands at $1.20 per $100 of assessed value.

The plan provides a 5 percent salary hike for all non-sworn city employees and $17.4 million for a first responder pay plan aimed at making the city’s police and fire pay more competitive in the region. Other big-ticket items include an additional $15 million for Richmond Public Schools and increased funding for the city’s eviction diversion program.

Amanda Six. Photo courtesy of Hanover County.

Hanover names new county finance chief
Hanover County announced last week that Amanda Six will assume the role of the county finance director July 1.

Six is currently the finance director for Hanover County Public Schools, a post she has held for the last six years. She has also worked as finance director in King William County and budget manager for Fredericksburg, according to a county news release.

Six has degrees from Virginia Tech and VCU.

Henrico approves apartment plans near Willow Lawn, Brook Road
Henrico supervisors last week approved a series of requests for Thalhimer Realty Partners and Crenshaw Realty’s plan to replace several office buildings near Willow Lawn with two seven-story apartment buildings totaling 585 units. A portion of the plan that was to involve two buildings at 1904 and 1910 Byrd Ave. had been withdrawn from the requests.

The board also approved plans from Middleburg Real Estate Partners LLC to replace the Knights Inn motel at 9002 Brook Road with more than 300 apartments and townhomes and a commercial space fronting Brook.

Broad Street apartments, Lilly Pad permit advance in Henrico
The Henrico County Planning Commission last week recommended approval of Arizona-based Alliance Residential Co.’s plan to build 340 apartments at the former Motleys Asset Disposition site at 4400 W. Broad St.

A rezoning request from RDK Land Holdings LLC for a 160-unit townhome development on 16 acres southeast of Chamberlayne Road and Wilmer Avenue was recommended for approval.

The commission supported plans from Build Senior Living for a 98-unit senior living and memory care facility at 9301 Patterson Ave., a 6-acre site beside Maybeury Elementary School and the Tuckahoe Family YMCA.

The commission also supported a provisional-use permit proposed for The Lilly Pad restaurant and Kingsland Marina that would limit live music to certain hours and decibel levels, among other conditions that county staff is recommending after determining that the expanded restaurant had outgrown the parameters of a previous permit.

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