April 16 Whippoorwill Rd. hearings

The Planning Commission will conduct public hearings at its April 16 meeting on two applications with implications for Whippoorwill Road residents (Ashland District).

–A noise ordinance change seeks to exempt schools from curtailing their event noise. Area residents have complained about the noise and amplification levels at Hanover High School during games and band practices.

–An application for a baseball training facility has Whippoorwill Road residents concerned over traffic flow, volume and speed as well as continuing water runoff issues.

The Planning Commission meeting convenes at 7:00 p.m.

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Green Infrastructure workshop April 22

To those of you who missed the Hanover event, there will be another opportunity to hear Karen Firehock speak about Green Infrastructure Planning at Fairfield Library in Henrico.

Karen Firehock is an outstanding speaker, the topic is fascinating, and this is an opportunity to learn about a positive way to preserve natural resources as well as our communities. Green Infrastructure Planning is being supported by the Regional Planning Districts, is being demonstrated in some of our neighboring counties, and is here and available for our region to begin using.

Henrico County – Workshop on Green Infrastructure

Wed April 22, 2009 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Meeting Room – Fairfield Library
1001 N. Laburnum Ave.
Henrico, VA 23223-2705
(804) 652-3251

Purpose: The workshop will explain how Henrico County can conserve their green infrastructure assets. Green infrastructure includes the natural assets such as timber land and forests, tree canopy for urban areas, rivers and drinking water sources, agricultural soils, wildlife habitat and human use values such as hiking, fishing, boating and historic landscapes. The workshop will demonstrate new tools for conserving these assets and showcase maps for Henrico county and how the county fits into the region’s larger green infrastructure network. The workshop includes a presentation by a leading environmental planner Karen Firehock and hands on activities to work with local maps and planning tools.

Audience: Citizens, county and town government staff, elected and appointed officials, conservation groups, developers, watershed groups and anyone interested in ensuring that as their community develops, it will grow in patterns that maximize both ecological and economic assets.

Who: The GIC is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Richmond Regional Planning District, The Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Capital Region Land Conservancy to help assess and map the region’s green infrastructure assets.

Attendance is free