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



Pooling resources, talent, and energy, the Ashland/Hanover Citizens for Responsible Growth (CRG) has decided to merge with the Coalition for Hanover’s Future (CHF).

Established as a non-profit in 1999, CRG educated citizens, local leaders, and elected officials about sensible and sustainable growth and urged the adoption of  smart land use policies for several high profile developments projected in the Ashland area.  With CHF and CRG sharing similar goals, this merger represents a logical move forward in terms of pooling resources, talent, and energy.

STRIKE OUT: Baseball Facility Approved

The Planning Commission approved an amendment to Atlee Little League’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the placement of a baseball training facility in the Whippoorwill Road area. The facility will open year-round, 365 days per year. Several Whippoorwill residents opposed the CUP because of the following concerns: more traffic congestion, noise pollution, and increasing pre-existing problems with water runoff.

April 16 Whippoorwill Rd. hearings

The Planning Commission will conduct public hearings at its April 16 meeting on two applications with implications for Whippoorwill Road residents (Ashland District).

–A noise ordinance change seeks to exempt schools from curtailing their event noise. Area residents have complained about the noise and amplification levels at Hanover High School during games and band practices.

–An application for a baseball training facility has Whippoorwill Road residents concerned over traffic flow, volume and speed as well as continuing water runoff issues.

The Planning Commission meeting convenes at 7:00 p.m.

Find out what’s going on . . .

. . . when you attend a meeting. Here’s what’s on for March:

3/9 – Community meeting about cell tower placement for Whippoorwill Road, Ashland District. County Admin Bldg, 7 p.m.

3/10 – Community meeting about cell tower placement at/near the church property, King’s Chapel Presbyterian Church (Rt. 54 west), Beaverdam District, 7 p.m.

3/10 – Community meeting about Providence Creek proposed mixed use (MX) development, Providence Church, 9491 Providence Church Road, Beaverdam District, 7 p.m.

3/11 – Board of Supervisors regular meeting, County Admin Bldg, 7 p.m. Take the opportunity to speak at Citizen’s Time.

3/12 – Planning Commission Public Hearing, Capital Improvement Program FY 2010-FY 2014, County Admin Bldg, 7 p.m. A copy of the proposed CIP is available for review in the Planning Department, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

3/16 – Community meeting about placement of two cell towers in the Studley area, Henry District, Rural Point Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

3/18 – Green Infrastructure Workshop, Ashland Branch Library, Ashland, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

3/19 – Planning Commission Public Hearing agenda includes: Providence Creek MX development, Beaverdam District; baseball training facility, Ashland District

3/23 – Hanover County Department of Economic Development Public Forum (EcoDev Strategic Plan update), Times Dispatch Meeting Room, 8460 Times Dispatch Blvd., Mechanicsville, 7 p.m. (For additional information, visit

3/25 – Board of Supervisors regular meeting, County Admin Bldg., 7 p.m. Citizen’s Time is an opportunity to address concerns not on the agenda.

3/30 – PDR Committee, County Admin Bldg, Planning Office, 6 p.m.