You and Your Elected Officials…Hold the Key to Quality of Life

The Comp Plan review/update has moved on from the Planning Commission. The process is now in the hands of the Board of Supervisors. Make plans to attend these workshops and meetings. Absorb the information. Give feedback to your Supervisor NOW. Waiting until the final public hearing diminishes the impact of making your concerns known.

You and Your Elected Officials…Hold the Key to Quality of Life

The brutal heat may have distracted many of us, but we want to remind citizens that the Comprehensive Plan review and update process has been rolling on nonetheless.

At its June 20 meeting the Planning Commission voted to send the updated Plan on to the Board of Supervisors for its action. State code mandates that the Board act within 90 days.

In their July 24 meeting the Supervisors will vote to adopt an agenda for meetings and workshops related to this final phase of the process, now in the home stretch. This agenda item is scheduled for presentation at 3:30 p.m.

Planning staff will propose the following:

  • workshops and meetings between 8-5-13 and 8-25-13
  • Public Hearing 8-28-13
  • adoption 9-11-13

Visit the county website to see proposed changes in text and maps for the 2012-2032 Comprehensive Plan.  Do the updates reflect the way you want Hanover to grow?
If not, talk to your Supervisor.

Upcoming Comp Plan Work Sessions

The Comp Plan is a twenty-year plan, folks. It’s tweaked every five years. Small mid-course corrections can have large implications for the future. You’ve got to look waaay down the road.

Planning Commission (PC) is conducting two work sessions for the Comp Plan revisions this month:

  • Thursday, May 9 – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16 – 4 p.m.

Visit the County website to see proposed revisions.

Cash Proffers also on the agenda

The long, long list of requests for cash proffer amendments is being addressed as often as possible. The PC will also be tackling these on the same dates – 5/9 and 5/16 – at 7 p.m.  And, let’s not forget that the Supervisors will consider those same proffer amendment cases on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Our place at the table

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Photo by R.W. Dawson

 

One reason citizens formed the Coalition for Hanover’s Future was to advocate for the citizen voice in Hanover’s land use planning process. At the time, as Hanover County was embarking then upon a five-year review and update of its Comprehensive Land Use Plan, we encouraged residents to become informed about the issues and to get involved in decision making that would affect their lives.  Further, because residents must live with the consequences of both good and poor land use planning, we urged vigilance as changes came to pass.

As you may know, Hanover County is now in the midst of another Comprehensive Plan review and update.  The need for focus and involvement remains paramount. Six community meetings, several Planning Commission work sessions plus ad hoc citizen group meetings have revealed more than a little dissatisfaction, much of it involving the implications of high residential density.  Might this level of anger and distrust be mitigated if citizen input were solicited before the fact—before any map changes and language revisions were rolled out for public comment? As it stands, citizens almost always find themselves reacting.

Please try to attend the following comprehensive planning work sessions:

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Photo by R.W. Dawson

May 9, 4 p.m. – this work session will focus on land use planning in South Anna, including mix use and high-density residential zoning.  The Elmont Village area is under tremendous development pressure.  Elmont is a rural community consisting of mostly farmland. It is located on the old Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and was served in earlier times by the electric trolley car, which ran between Richmond and Ashland. Elmont is one of the original villages of Hanover County.

There is also a work session scheduled for May 16 at 4 p.m.  Both meetings take place in the Board Room of the Hanover County Government Building at Hanover Courthouse.

Our Email Alerts are a great way to stay informed about development issues and workshops.  Our blog includes postings dating back to 2006 and as an archive, provides valuable insight about citizen engagement and land use planning.

To subscribe to our Email Alerts, please email hanoversfuture@gmail.com and include your name, address, and district.

On May 11th at 10 a.m. (Ashland Coffee & Tea), I will be speaking at the Hanover Democratic Committee meeting about the 2012 Comprehensive Plan.  Please join me!

Pattie Bland – Chair, Coalition for Hanover’s Future

 

Upcoming Comp Plan Work Sessions….

Would you recognize a plan that may compromise or erode Hanover’s quality of life? What happens in your backyard or across the county is determined by the Comprehensive Plan. The Comp Plan community meetings concluded and it’s time to find out what the county gleaned from Hanover citizens.

Comp Plan Work Session…Thursday, April 11th, 4 p.m.

The county’s Comprehensive Plan is a 20 year plan and it’s tweaked every five years. The tweaks made to the Comp Plan can have huge implications for the future.

What’s happened so far?

For this round, proposed changes to the Old Telegraph Road/Lakeridge Parkway and Cedar Lane corridors flanking U.S. Rt.1 have been flashpoints for some citizens. Others question the implications of a proposed “rural village” designation as well as increases to residential density.

Where is the process now on the timeline? 

On the heels of six community meetings, the Planning Commission will hold a Comp Plan Work Session this Thursday, April 11th. Although it’s unlikely that the PC will solicit public comment, citizens need to focus on the nuances and minutiae coming out of the work session. 

Listen closely to the discussions taking place and please attend Thursday’s work session.

The Time Is Now

Fellow Hanover residents,

The Coalition for Hanover’s Future (CHF) was established in 2006 to advocate for the citizen voice in the land use planning process. We urge residents to become informed and involved in decision making that will affect their lives – their quality of life.

In Hanover County, or any locality, the Comprehensive Land Use Plan directly affects quality of life. As an overall guide for growth, the “Comp Plan” directs how much, where, what type and how fast growth will take place. As we can all attest, growth impacts the schools, roads, tax rates, emergency services and environmental health of a community.

Though quality of life sounds like an abstract concept, we all have something specific in mind when we hear the term. We also recognize when a good quality of life might be eroded or compromised.

CHF commends the energetic efforts of Friends of Hanover Schools, citizens who clearly recognize that the funding of Hanover schools is a core quality of life issue. The reasoned, eloquent arguments on behalf of Hanover’s public education should be applauded.

Hanover County is currently in the midst of the mandated five-year review and update of its Comp Plan. CHF urges citizens to tune in and familiarize themselves with the proposed changes.
Visit the county website to see the proposed land use maps, revised growth objectives and information about upcoming community workshops.
Plan to attend one or more and see what changes might be coming for your neighborhood and the county in general.
The workshops, all Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • February 26 Hanover High School
  • February 28 Farrington Fire Station
  • March 5 Brown Grove Baptist Church
  • March 7 Elmont Elementary School
  • March 12 Lee-Davis High School
  • March 19 The Montpelier Ctr/Arts & Education
  • Visit the CHF blogsite at http://www.hanoversfuture.org

Be informed. Ask questions. Let your voice be heard.

Thank you,
Pattie Bland
Chairperson, Coalition for Hanover’s Future

Comprehensive Plan Update: County Seeks Citizen Input

Hanover County is currently working on the Five Year Update of its Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is an analysis of past growth and land development trends and sets forth a statement of goals and objectives with a 20 year horizon for land use, transportation and community facilities.

A series of public workshops have been scheduled to solicit public input. The workshops will be held on the following dates and locations:

February 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Hanover High School, 10307 Chamberlayne Road, Mechanicsville, VA  23116

February 28, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Farrington Fire Station II, 14582 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA  23059

March 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Brown Grove Baptist Church, 9328 Ashcake Road, Ashland, VA 23005

March 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Elmont Elementary School, 12996 Cedar Lane, Ashland, VA 23005

March 12, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Lee-Davis High School, 7052 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA  2311

March 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – The Montpelier Center for Arts and Education, 17205 Mountain Road, Montpelier, VA  23192

Copies of the current Comprehensive Plan are available to review in the Hanover County Planning Office in the Government Building at Hanover Courthouse and at the Hanover County Website http://www.hanovercounty.gov.  Please contact the Planning Office between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with  questions.

Friends of Hanover Schools Rally Tomorrow Night

Hanover Schools are facing a $5.4 million budget gap and Superintendent Jamelle Wilson had proposed making ends meet by cutting 24 teaching positions. More students would be packed in elementary school classes, and high school teachers would teach six of eight class periods, up from five of seven.

The proposed budget for next school year would also cut 12 elementary school teachers and increase the pupil-teacher ratio in elementary schools to an average of 22.1 pupils per teacher, up from 21.6.

Friends of Hanover’s Schools educates citizens of Hanover County about the budget process and the impact of both existing cuts as well as potential changes to the school system if the education budget continues to shrink.

Please attend the ASHLAND FHS RALLY tomorrow night, February 7th @ 7PM

  • Location: Ashland Firehouse Theater

SPECIAL PUBLIC BUDGET WORK SESSION: February 7th @ 6PM

  • Location: SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA

More upcoming meetings:

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: February 12th @ 7:30 PM

  • Location: SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA

REGULAR BOARD of SUPERVISORS MEETING: February 13th @ 2PM

  • Location: Hanover County Courthouse Complex

SPECIAL PUBLIC BUDGET WORK SESSION: February 14th @ 6PM

  • Location: SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA

PUBLIC BUDGET WORK SESSION/BUDGET ADOPTION: February 19th @ 6PM

  • Location: SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE 200 Berkley Street, Ashland, VA

REGULAR BOARD of SUPERVISORS MEETING: February 27th @ 6PM

  • Location: Hanover County Courthouse Complex