The Agenda: Local Government Briefings for 25.07.22

The Diamond District site consists of 67 acres bordered by Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Hermitage Road, highway and railroad tracks. (Image from BizSense File)

Diamond District Update on Monday City Council Agenda

Richmond City Council meets Monday beginning with an informal session at 4 p.m. Agendas available here.

Business on the informal meeting agenda includes a staff update on the Diamond District redevelopment project. The directors said they plan to announce their choice for a development team for the project by the end of this month.

Council will also meet behind closed doors on a personnel matter regarding a potential city attorney and consultation with legal counsel on likely litigation.

Business on the agenda for the regular 6 p.m. meeting includes a request from landlord Richard Westbrook to rezone an approximately half-acre plot at 500 Maury St. in Manchester from heavy industrial use to TOD-1 Transit-Oriented Nodal District.

TOD-1 zoning is also sought for a 2 acre warehouse at 807 Oliver Hill Way. An LLC related to Ivor Massey owns the property and Lory Markham of Markham Planning is representing the plaintiff.

Richmond Hill Design + Build is looking to modify its plan to replace six homes in the 500 block of Westview Avenue with new clusters of homes. The amendment would reduce the number of new homes from 12 to 10.

Level 2 Development and SJG Properties is applying for a Special Use Permit to allow structured street-facing parking and a drop-off and pick-up area for their Leigh Addition mixed-use development project at 1117-1201 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd.

The regular agenda includes a request for an amendment to the Stratford Hills Community Unit Plan. The amendment would increase the plan area from 2.85 acres to 67.4 acres to accommodate Harper Associates’ plan to develop a Chipotle restaurant and retail plot of 6,500 square feet and up to 36 homes in row on the east side of the site.

1,400-acre solar farm put to vote in Chesterfield

Chesterfield supervisors meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. Items from the public hearing include a conditional use application from 360 Solar Center LLC to license a large-scale solar installation on 1,400 acres of a 1,930-acre site south of Hull Street Road in Deer Range Road. C. James Williams III is applying for a conditional use permit for a 6,000 square foot restaurant overlooking the Swift Creek Reservoir on 3.7 acres at 14801 Genito Road.

Full agenda available here.

Detailed plans for referendum on Henrico’s $511 million bond

Voters in Henrico can learn more about the projects included in the county’s $511 million bond referendum that will appear on the ballot for the 2022 general election this fall. The referendum will appear as four questions on the ballot, with a separate question for each project category: schools; recreation and parks; fire stations and public safety facilities; and stormwater drainage.

Click here to see the project category pages for referendum questions as they will appear on the ballot, as well as the proposed projects and their funding amounts (only the questions will appear on the ballot). Absentee voting, including in person, will begin on September 23. Election day is November 8.