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 dogsatlargelaw@gmail.com

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Merger!

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 http://www.co.hanover.va.us/econdev/PublicCommentAnnouncement.pdf)

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.

Green Infrastructure Workshop in Hanover March 18

When: Wednesday March 18: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Ashland Branch Library (201 S. Railroad Avenue, Ashland Virginia 23005)

Purpose: The workshop will explain how counties can conserve their green infrastructure assets. Green infrastructure includes the natural assets such as timber land and forests, tree canopy for urban areas, rivers and drinking water sources, agricultural soils, wildlife habitat and human use values such as hiking, fishing, boating and historic landscapes. The workshop will demonstrate new tools for conserving these assets and showcase maps for Hanover County and how the county fits into the region’s larger green infrastructure network. The workshop includes a presentation by a leading environmental planner Karen Firehock and hands on activities to work with local maps and planning tools.

Audience: Citizens, county and town government staff, elected and appointed officials, conservation groups, developers, watershed groups and anyone interested in ensuring that as their community develops, it will grow in patterns that maximize both ecological and economic assets.

Who: The GIC is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with the Richmond Regional Planning District, The Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Capital Region Land Conservancy to help assess and map the region’s green infrastrcuture assets.

The Capital Region Land Conservancy is planning additional seminars on Green Infrastructure in Powhatan, Goochland and Henrico in March and April. Please call Mike Christin at 804-874-8615 for dates and details.

Woodside MX meeting March 10

A community meeting on the MX zoning request by Lowe, Lowe and Woodside Partners is scheduled Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church, 9491 Providence Church Road.

The MX zoning on 63.4 acres would permit the creation of 232 building lots and residential units for a gross density of 3.66 dwelling units per acre, and approximately 130,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Area residents have raised concerns of traffic routing and volume, as well as encroachment on historic property.

The parcel, located in the Beaverdam district lies some 300 feet from the intersection of Woodside Lane and East Patrick Henry Road.