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.

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:

Click to access Richmond_Regional_Bicycle_%20Ped_Plan.pdf