Ashland slates Town Hall meeting on Ironhorse project

This town hall-type meeting is a follow-up from the Town Council’s deferral of CPA2022-06 Ironhorse Business Park at its April 18 meeting.

The Monday, May 8 meeting is billed as a “special meeting with Ashland Town Council and Town staff for a collaborative discussion and Q&A about the Ironhorse Business Park Proposal.” The meeting will be held in Council chambers at Town Hall 6:00-8:30 p.m.

See this information at this link to the Town of Ashland webpage:

Please show up and speak up.


Town Council defers Ironhorse CPA for 30 days

In its April 18 meeting, Ashland Town Council voted 5-0 to defer CPA2022-06 Ironhorse Business Park for another 30 days with plans to hold another community meeting, slated for Monday, May 8.

Though details on format have not been decided, discussion among Council members that evening seemed to indicate that a more informal town hall style would be appropriate.

Many citizens left the April 11 community meeting at Randolph-Macon College very dissatisfied with time allotted for their questions and comments, as well as the lack of an agenda.

Ashland and Hanover County residents need to stay in touch with their elected and appointed officials regarding this massive development proposal and its batch of issues. Go to:

Citizen input is vital for quality of life.

Hanover Comp Plan public input sessions slated for active living, housing and rural character sections

Starting April 17, Envision Hanover will hold public input sessions for draft Comp Plan sections on active living, housing and rural character. This schedule offers in-person and virtual opportunities for citizens to speak with Planning staff regarding the developing update of Hanover’s 2023 Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

In-Person Meetings

The public is invited to attend one of the in-person events scheduled for April and early May:

  • Monday, April 17, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Atlee Library
  • Monday, April 24, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Taylor Park Complex
  • Thursday, April 27, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Montpelier Community Center
  • Monday, May 1, 2023 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.): Mechanicsville Library

The same information will be presented at each of these meetings, so interested parties can attend whichever date or location best suits their schedules.


Stop and Chat Event (Informal Office Hours)

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.): Mechanicsville Library

Ashland Town Council to consider Comp Plan Amendment for Ironhorse Business Park April 18

After a 30-day deferral on CPA2022-06, Ashland Town Council on April 18 at their 6:30 p.m. meeting will consider this Comprehensive Plan Amendment to change land use to allow the rezoning application for Ironhorse Business Park.

The proposed industrial and interstate commercial development is approximately 230 acres that straddles the Town’s eastern border with Hanover County along Rte 54. The Town’s portion of the development is about 100 acres. Traffic woes, environmental degradation and damage to existing neighborhoods are major concerns for citizens.

An April 11 joint Community Meeting of Town and County citizens, Planning staffs and developer was a contentious, unfruitful two-hour event held in Copley Hall on the Randolph-Macon College campus. After remarks from the respective Planning staffs, developers and their attorney held the floor for most of that time, often touting the attributes of their Ironhorse proposal over the defunct East Ashland project of ten years past. This choice of presentation was irrelevant, confusing and dismal. After almost 90 minutes of the “developer’s meeting”, residents were finally able to ask questions and make comments by shouting from the floor for speaking time.

Quality of life will take a hit if this uninspired and uninspiring development is given a green light. Wise and thoughtful land use planning is imperative if Ashland and Hanover County wish to retain a sense of place different from “Anywhere, USA.”

Attend the Town Council meeting, Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Contact your Town Council and Supervisors:

Speak up for a better vision for Ashland and Hanover.