EAST OF ASHLAND IN FOCUS, Educational Forum, Wednesday, Nov. 4th! Please Join Us!

The Coalition for Hanover’s Future (CHF) will host a citizens educational forum this Wednesday, November 4th at 7 p.m. at the Providence Baptist Church in Ashland. The forum will provide citizens an opportunity to engage with elected officials, planners, and a national expert on land use and transportation reform regarding the high density developments proposed east of Ashland along Route 54.
November 4th Event Flyer
The proposed Mixed Use (MX) developments include: “East Ashland,” “Providence Creek.” “East Ashland” and “Providence Creek” combined will bring 1,290 more residential units and 1,093,400 square feet of office, retail and commercial space to the area just east of Exit 92 of the I-95 offramp. Think Short Pump-size growth (Shortpump is 1.2 million square feet of retail et. al.)

Without a new and improved I-95 interchange, how will traffic volumes be managed and controlled? How many more traffic lights are planned? Will historic Providence Church Road be closed and thus force folks to drive through “Providence Creek” development to reach their church? A traffic impact study indicates seven traffic lights on Rt. 54 and a plan to close access to historic Providence Church Road from Route 54 (East) and reroute it. Traffic volume is estimated at 33,216 car trips during weekdayss and 35,216 car trips on Saturdays.

Will Hanover County’s school system be able to handle increases in student enrollemnt. How much will all of this excessive growth, in terms of infrastructure and public services cost the taxpayer? When does green-lighting development become wreckless and irresponsible? How do all of these proposed developments preserve the quality of life for existing and future residents? How will these developments make quality of life better?

Along with “East Ashland and Providence Creek” Short-Pump size growth, add “Woodside Estates.” “Woodside Estates,” now underway, will bring 158 new homes.

“CHF is providing this forum so citizens will acquire the big picture regarding the impact of these large scale developments on their overall quality of life. The dramatic growth will bring a surge in traffic volume and congestion, and a significant increase in light pollution and impervious surfaces. The amount of infrastructure required, such as sewer and water, roads, schools and public safety, will increase and the cost is passed on to us as taxpayers,” said Pattie Bland, chair of CHF.

The Wednesday night forum will be moderated by Sheila Sheppard, coordinator of Partnership for Smarter Growth. Presentations regarding the size and scope of the proposed developments will be made by planning staff from the Town of Ashland and Hanover County. Jurisdictions in which the developments will grow will be represented by Ashland’s Mayor and a Hanover County Supervisor.

Trip Pollard, a nationally recognized land use and transportation reform expert from the Southern Environmental Law Center, will provide insight about the development and their impacts.

Citizens will be able to ask questions or raise concerns with panel members following presentations.

WHAT: CHF Educational Forum for Citizens
WHEN: Wednesday, November 4th , 7 p.m.
WHERE: Providence Baptist Church, 9491 Providence Church Road, Ashland.
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Hunting dogs at large

Citizen concern is mounting over hunting dogs traversing private property. Though not necessarily against hunting, some county residents say they are upset when hunters have not asked permission to be on their property. The situation intensifies if a landowner has livestock or pets that could be disturbed by the intrusion of hunting dogs.

Some residents have started a petition drive and would like to hear from others on this matter. Citizens may e-mail to dogsatlargelaw@gmail.com

East Ashland or Beast Ashland?

"Beast Ashland"

"Beast Ashland"

A sprawling, high density, mixed-use development proposed east of Ashland will be discussed Monday, Oct 12th, 7 p.m. in the County’s Administration Boardroom. Please plan to attend and voice your ideas and concerns about this proposed development.

The county planning department along with Wilton developers will trot out plans for what they dub, “East Ashland” (or as some folks call it, “Beast Ashland.”)

“Beast Ashland” is just one of three, large-scale developments planned for the rural Route 54 corridor (east of I-95). The other two “beastly” developments coming down Route 54 East include the Providence Creek mixed use development and Hickory Hill, residential sprawl.

Because Wilton’s development, “Beast Ashland,” affects tracks of land falling within the Town of Ashland as well as the county, the following traffic impact analysis by Wilbur Smith Associates only addresses the piece of development¬† within the Town of Ashland.

As a community concerned about the negative impact of excessive growth, especially in terms of quality of life, we want citizens to see and learn THE BIG PICTURE.  In other words, how will ALL of the proposed developments combined impact traffic, density, congestion and the overall quality of life along Route 54 East?

The conclusion of the East Ashland TIA Review 2009 states:

“Traffic generated by the East Ashland development will have a negative impact on the surrounding roadways and intersections. The recommendations proposed in the East Ashland Traffic Impact Analysis will lessen some of these impacts, but impacts will remain. The queues created by the East Ashland development are of concern….The applicant should address the future reconstruction of the Route 54/I-95 interchange and right-of-way dedication for this reconstruction should be proffered.”

Again, in terms of the BIG PICTURE, this traffic impact analysis does not take into consideration ALL three developments planned for the Route 54 East corridor. What will the impact of increased traffic and density be from all three of the proposed developments?