Woodside MX hearing February 19

Two large parcels of land are up for rezoning hearings at the Planning Commission meeting Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

The Mixed Use (MX) application of Helen F. Lowe, Riley B. Lowe and Woodside Estates Development, L.L.C. seeks rezoning of an A-1 (Agricultural District) parcel of 63.4 acres on Woodside Lane near its intersection with East Patrick Henry Road (Rte. 54). The MX zoning 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.

The property is located in the Beaverdam district.

Area residents have cited concerns about traffic volume and flow as well as encroachment on historic land. Traffic plans call for closing of Providence Road at its intersection with East Patrick Henry Road, an action which some Providence Baptist Church members and area residents dislike.

Also that evening will be a hearing for the application by Rockville Development Corporation to rezone 171.2 acres from A-1 to RC (Rural Conservation) in the South Anna District.

The rezoning would permit the creation of 16 building lots for a gross density of one dwelling unit per 10.7 acres.


BOS authorizes hearings on amendment

In a 7-0 vote, the Board of Superviors on January 28 authorized hearings for a proposed amendment to the noise ordinance. The amendment is an exception applying to such activities as football games or other outdoor school activities.

This amendment is a response by the County to citizen complaints of excessive noise levels from Hanover High School at football games and band practice.

The Planning Commission and the Supervisors will hold public hearings on the amendment, with a vote likely in May.

Greenway Council to hear Bike-Ped plan

The Capital Region Greenway Council will meet Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Byrd Park Roundhouse (next to Swan Lake) to see the comprehensive bike-pedestrian plan for the metropolitan area.

Barbara Nelson, of the Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization, will make the presentation.

Citizens who are interested in seeing more trails, bikeways, greenways and paths in Central Virginia should attend the meeting.

The plan may be viewed at:

Parks and Rec needs your input

Hanover County Parks and Recreation is preparing to produce a Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, which will serve as the blueprint for future development of parks and recreational facilities in the County. 

Now is the time to envision how Hanover can create a plan that encompasses green and open passive spaces and natural areas as well as sports and active facilities.

Citizens need to make their wishes known now through a community survey. The process will take about 10 minutes to complete. 

Link to this survey through the homepage of the Hanover County website and the Parks & Recreation website



Get it in writing

In a November 20 Herald-Progress letter to the editor, Doswell resident Mark Gardner demands clarification on rural preservation promises.

        It seems an opportune time, with a slowed economy and limited development pressure, for the Board of Supervisors to define exactly what the rural preservation areas are and how they are to be preserved.
        I know there was a committee formed and I do recall one article in the Herald-Progress expounding on some of the suggestions the committee presented, but the issue has been pretty dormant. It is typical of government to paint ideals with a very broad brush to gain public acceptance but never really get down to defining specifics.
       As time goes on, development within the designated preservation areas will typically impact a fairly small number of people. This is much easier for the Supervisors and the Planning Commission to deal with than a county wide request for action. A perfect example is what happened recently in Doswell. When we first attended meetings concerning the Comprehensive Plan update an area later approved for a major expansion of the Martin Marietta quarry expansion was shown on the maps as rural preservation. The maps changed after the final public meeting and it was pretty easy for the Board of Supervisors to ignore the couple of hundred citizens that were directly affected.
       I ask the Board to put on paper and the citizens of Hanover to demand clarification of the County’s promise of rural preservation. We pay the taxes and these people work for us! We have a right to demand action and now is the time for straight answers.
Mark W. Gardner

Taking the long view on energy planning

In the November 28 Richmond Times-Dispatch, Montpelier resident Sheryl Smith offered an insightful recommendation for America’s energy policy:

America is at an energy crossroads. We need to decide where to invest our energy money for our future. Should our government spend more money to develop new sources of oil and natural gas? Or should we look further into the future and plan now for the days when the dwindling supplies will be spent?I’ve been reading in

The Times-Dispatch about the possible leasing of areas for offshore drilling in Virginia. I believe that with strict environmental standards, offshore drilling should not be a problem. However, neither the state nor the federal government should finance or subsidize this drilling in any way. If there is a profit to be made by the oil and natural gas companies, let them drill for it, but none of our tax dollars should be spent on the technologies of the past. Our government needs to invest in the energy of the future.

By moving our government dollars toward renewable energy development and away from supporting oil and coal, we can create a better long-term future. Repowering America would mean new industries with high-paying domestic green jobs, lower energy costs, and replacing coal and oil with clean domestic energy that is free and limitless. We can’t do this overnight, but we need to shift our government support now from the old ways to the future. Wouldn’t it be nice to never hear about OPEC again?

Sheryl Smith

When citizens get involved . . .

In the November 11 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hanover County resident Jim Ellis commends to readers the invaluable role citizens play when they participate in charting the course–for a local, state or national community.

Community Organizing Won this Campaign

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin now have the answers to the question they so ungraciously posed at the Republican National Convention: What do community organizers do?

The best-conceived, best-run presidential campaign in modern history. Three million first-time donors to a presidential campaign. Enduring dignity in the face of petty tactics. Unprecedented involvement from American youth. Crowds up to 100,000 strong gathering to hear a politician speak. Thousands of citizens introduced to the nuts and bolts of how to effectively run a political campaign. A new spirit as the people reconnect with their own government. A historic and absolutely unequivocal victory.

To answer the ungracious and sneering question in no uncertain terms: That is what community organizers do.

Jim Ellis. Mechanicsville.