Hanover High Speed Internet Group reports

The High Speed Internet Group (HSIG) commissioned by Supervisor John Gordon presented its report to the Board of Supervisors at their November 10 meeting.

The ad hoc committee, composed of eight Hanover County citizens, began its work in June. They were  asked to study the issues and challenges surrounding the  possibility of bringing  high speed internet to the entire county.

Chaired by Amy Mendelson Cheeley, the committee included Owen Adams, Caroline Cooke, Jim Ellis, Elizabeth Haney, Angela Kelly-Wiecek, Bryan Nevius and Ron Saacke.

Download High Speed Internet Report (.pdf).

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Planning Commission denies Giles Farm request

By a vote of 6-1, the Hanover County Planning Commission denied the rezoning request by Hanover Development, LLC for the Giles Farm tract.

The 268-acre tract would feature 442 units: 122 townhomes and 320 single family homes.

Many issues identified in the first public hearing on October 21 were not resolved by the November 18 public hearing.

Two traffic challenges in particular were foremost in the remarks of the Commission and the citizens, respectively: the one-road access to the more densely planned back portion of the property and the road connections between the Giles Farm tract and Atlee Manor.

The Commission felt the one-road ingress/egress posed a safety problem in the event of natural disaster or emergency. Atlee Manor citizens spoke against the road connections, fearing cut-through traffic speed and volume through their neighborhood.

Commissioner Harold Padgett moved to approve with a provision to remove the neighborhood road connections to Atlee Manor. The motion failed 5-2. Commissioner Joe O’Connor then moved to deny the request, citing unsatisfactory responses by the applicant to Commission’s suggestion regarding phasing the buildout in the rear portion. Mr. Padgett cast the dissenting vote.

Sprawling Wyndham

Real estate giant HHHunt is pursuing plans to expand the Wyndham subdivision by annexing almost 400 additional acres of land.

The growth would push the boundaries of Wyndham into neighboring Hanover County and also envelop Hunting Hawk Golf Course.

A town hall meeting for residents will be held at the Wyndham Swim & Racquette Club on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.