Comp Plan community meetings starting: let your voice be heard!

Public workshops for the 2017 Comprehensive Plan update have been scheduled. Four community meetings will take place at schools across the county.

Now is the time for citizens to express their hopes, wishes, suggestions and concerns regarding a vision for Hanover’s growth. Speak from your experience in your immediate neighborhood to your area of the county to the entire county. What is worth preserving? What could be improved? How can we realize that vision?

All meetings are 6:30-8:30 pm. See dates and locations:

Thursday, July 27 – Elmont Elementary School

Monday, July 31 – Chickahominy Middle School

Wednesday, August 9 – Patrick Henry High School

Thursday, August 10 – Lee-Davis High School

Click link to full meeting notice at county website:

https://www.hanovercounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2108

Primer for 2017 Comp Plan update: check out the information

The Citizen Engagement Committee made a number of recommendations in its final report. Those recommendations were appended to the May 24 presentation by the Planning Department to the joint meeting of Supervisors, Planning Commissioners and Economic Development staff. Read here:

Citizen Cmte recs

The May 24 PowerPoint presentation in its entirety may be viewed here:

https://www.hanovercounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1923

In its June 15 meeting the Planning Commission, having considered the Citizen Engagement Committee’s report, laid out a structure for the 2017 Comp Plan review and update process. Read here:

https://www.hanovercounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2060

The Planning Department has a dedicated page for the 2017 Comp Plan update on the county’s website. Navigate to get to all of the above information, to view videos of meetings and to contact the Planning office:

https://www.hanovercounty.gov/704/Comprehensive-Plan-Update-2017

Citizen Engagement Advisory Committee part of launch

At its April 12, 2017 meeting, the Hanover County Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of a Comprehensive Plan Citizen Engagement Advisory Committee “to assist with the development of a public input process to gather representative perspectives of Hanover residents and businesses countywide related to the comprehensive plan update.” (See the agenda item here: http://hanovercounty.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=271&meta_id=24722)

Hanover County’s Comprehensive Plan is the guideline for future rezoning, growth, economic development, green infrastructure, public facilities and more. The committee was formed in April and May 2017. One citizen from each magisterial district was appointed as well as three additional members representing the business community and civic organizations. The members were:

Ashland District: Web Stokes

Beaverdam District: Martha Wingfield

Chickahominy District: Jim Ellis

Cold Harbor District: Larnie Allgood

Henry District: Graham Kirby

Mechanicsville District: Dan Widner

South Anna District: Mary Butler Eggleston

Hanover Chamber of Commerce: Ben Meredith

Coalition for Hanover’s Future: Pattie Bland

Hanover County faith-based organizations: Annie Baker

 

See http://www.richmond.com/news/local/hanover/hanover-forms-citizens-committee-for-help-on-future-of-county/article_9729cfff-c725-548f-b4ab-d1a784e99166.html for more.

Do Hanover roads pass the stress test?

The answer is “no” for some places in the higher density suburban service area of the county. Balancing growth, road needs and paltry transportation funding is a monstrous challenge. Some county residents and officials weigh in on the topic in an article by Michael O’Connor in the July 2 Times-Dispatch. Click to read:

http://www.richmond.com/news/local/hanover/hanover-residents-call-for-slower-growth-county-road-projects-at/article_92316936-5013-5ede-aab7-d55eac7584db.html