Core Principles of the Commons

“A commons arises whenever a given community decides that it wishes to manage a resource in a collective manner, with a special regard for equitable access, use and sustainability. It is a social form that has long lived in the shadows of our market culture,  but which is now on the rise.”  – David Bollier

Principles

  • Without exception, we all belong to our community, and we each have an equal stake in what happens.
  • We must recognize and repair the damage that has been done, and the inequities that have been created, by our current, market-based society.
  • The things that belong to all of us must be named, claimed, defended, protected, and improved. We have a mutual responsibility to take care of these commons and pass them on to the next generation in better shape than we found them.
  • We must honor our full humanity. We are not merely individuals and consumers—we are neighbors, community members, citizens, and experts on the places we live.
  • We are surrounded by abundance and opportunity that the market does not recognize or value. We must see and claim this abundance for the benefit of all.
  • Everyone should have the chance to participate in defining, restoring, creating, managing, leading, governing, and owning anything that is important to the future of the community.
  • People most affected by critical decisions must be included in the process of making them.
  • History, cultural distinctiveness and people’s personal stories are important factors in setting goals and making decisions, as well as simply understanding our community.
  • Sufficiency and resilience are the opposite of the folly of growth.

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Comp Plan Work Session Set for Oct. 18th

The Planning Commission Work Session will be reviewing and discussing the 2012 Comp Plan Update as scheduled.

Documents are now available by visiting the Hanover County website: from the home page, select 2012 Comprehensive Plan Update in the Special Notices box, then Information for the Work Session. (A direct link is not available?!)

Informal public comment will be accepted.  This PC work session is open to the public.

Three new land use concepts are being introduced and one is being tweaked – Multi-Use, Business-Industrial, Destination Commerce, and Rural Village.

With the exception of Rural Village, we’re uncertain if these concepts apply only to the Suburban Service Area (SSA) designated in the 2007 update, or if these are intended to have a floating application.

The documents also identify several land use planning issues; a little something for everyone:

  • Suburban Residential Density – changing average planned density from 2 dwelling units/acre to 3
  • Rt. 33/Hylas Business Park – possible introduction of other uses because the area is larger than likely to be developed
  • Rt. 1/Cedar Lane Corridor – possible introduction of broader land use classifications
  • Rt. 1 Commercial/Industrial Land use Pattern – possible creation of a new land use category allowing both industrial and business zoning
  • Pole Green Road – possible expansion of Multi-Use application along corridor
  • Creighton/Cold Harbor Land Use Designations – add designations that will expand investment options

We’d like to know:

  • Is any adjustment to the SSA intended?
  • What is the appreciable difference between the existing Mixed-Use and the suggested Multi-Use designations?
  • Why is Multi-Use deemed a good idea for the Rt. 33/Hylas Business Park that was supposed to be perfect for Mixed-Use?
  • Is ‘Business-Industrial ‘ a designation that will allow the continued stripping of Rt. 301? Or Pole Green for that matter?
  • Will there be a designation for the newly identified “Historic Route 1”?

You were invited to bring your thoughts and comments to the update process through three community meetings. This Work Session may address some of the ideas you generated.

Remember…
The Comp Plan is where the rubber meets the road.
The document guides where and how we grow.

Upcoming Comp Plan Work Tomorrow!

Comp Plan Work Session

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 4 p.m.

The Planning Commission Work Session will be reviewing and discussing the 2012 Comp Plan Update as scheduled.

Documents are now available by visiting the Hanover County website.

From the county’s home page:

1. Select 2012 Comprehensive Plan Update in the Special Notices box

2. Choose Information for the Work Session.

Informal public comment will be accepted. This PC work session is open to the public.

Three new land use concepts are being introduced and one is being tweaked – Multi-Use, Business-Industrial, Destination Commerce, and Rural Village.

With the exception of Rural Village, we’re uncertain if these concepts apply only to the Suburban Service Area (SSA) designated in the 2007 update or are intended to have a floating application.

The documents also identify several land use planning issues; a little something for everyone:

  • Suburban Residential Density – changing average planned density from 2 dwelling units/acre to 3
  • Rt. 33/Hylas Business Park – possible introduction of other uses because the area is larger than likely to be developed
  • Rt. 1/Cedar Lane Corridor – possible introduction of broader land use classifications
  • Rt. 1 Commercial/Industrial Land use Pattern – possible creation of a  new land use category allowing both industrial and business zoning
  • Pole Green Road – possible expansion of Multi-Use application along corridor
  • Creighton/Cold Harbor Land Use Designations – add designations that will expand investment options

We’d like to know:

  • Is any adjustment to the SSA intended?
  • What is the appreciable difference between the existing Mixed-Use and the suggested Multi-Use designations?
  • Why is Multi-Use deemed a good idea for the Rt. 33/Hylas Business Park that was supposed to be perfect for Mixed-Use?
  • Is ‘Business-Industrial ‘ a designation that will allow the continued stripping of Rt. 301? Or Pole Green for that matter?
  • Will there be a designation for the newly identified “Historic Route 1”?

You were invited to bring your thoughts and comments to the update process through three community meetings. This Work Session may address some of the ideas you generated.

Remember…the Comp Plan guides where and how we grow.

Where are these meetings held?
County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings are held in
the Board Room at the County Complex.  From Rt. 301 turn into County
Complex Road or Library Drive, look for the white-faced building toward
the back.  Ashland Town Council and Planning Commission meetings are
held in the Council Chambers, Ashland Town Hall, 101 Thompson St.,
Ashland.

Historic road threatened by truck traffic

VDOT Seeks Your Comment… 
…Restricting Trucks on Historic Road
Hickory Hill Road stretches from Hanover Courthouse to Rt. 1 north of Ashland; it’s part of the very old history of Hanover County. It passes through two historic farms, Hickory Hill and South Wales. The road has recently been resurfaced making it appealing to trucks to use as a short cut!
We don’t need or want trucks barreling down this scenic, country road. The majority of the road is barely wide enough for two cars to pass, or a car and farm equipment. Safety of bicyclists and wildlife are equally a concern.
Hickory Hill Road is being considered for through truck restriction by VDOT. That’s good! VDOT is asking for your comments – by phone or mail. This is an easy, no-brainer – support the restriction.
Call: 
or
Write:
Regional Traffic Engineer
2430 Pine Forest Drive
Colonial Heights, VA
When you call, you’ll get a recording that asks you to leave a message about the restriction. Simply done!

VDOT Seeks Your Comment

VDOT Seeks Your Comment…Restricting Trucks on Historic Road

Hickory Hill Road stretches from Hanover Courthouse to Rt. 1 north of Ashland; it’s part of the very old history of Hanover County. It passes through two historic farms, Hickory Hill and South Wales. The road has recently been resurfaced making it appealing to trucks to use as a short cut!

We don’t need or want trucks barreling down this scenic, country road. The majority of the road is barely wide enough for two cars to pass, or a car and farm equipment. Safety of bicyclists and wildlife are equally a concern.

Hickory Hill Road is being considered for through truck restriction by VDOT. That’s good! VDOT is asking for your comments – by phone or mail. This is an easy, no-brainer – support the restriction.
Call:  804-524-6234

or Write:
Regional Traffic Engineer
2430 Pine Forest Drive
Colonial Heights, VA

When you call, you’ll get a recording that asks you to leave a message about the restriction. Simply done!

MAKE THE CALL! or WRITE THE LETTER!
Protect Hanover’s Scenic, Historic Treasures