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Code Amendment Projects
Extension of Public Roads in an Agricultural District
Section 19.1-203 of the zoning ordinance provides that the creation or extension of a public road into an Agricultural (A) zoning district is prohibited. This amendment would allow for the creation or extension of a public road should it be approved by the Board of Supervisors as a conditional use or as part of a zoning application. View the proposed amendment (PDF).
View the virtual community meeting which was held on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. An in-person community meeting was held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. The Planning Commission forwarded a recommendation of approval to the Board of Supervisors after holding a public hearing at their Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, meeting. A public hearing is scheduled for the April 26, 2023, Board of Supervisors meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Chieppa by email or phone at 804-748-1778.
Ordinance Related to Recreational Substances
This ordinance would amend and reenact section 19.1-570 of the zoning ordinance to add definitions for Recreational Substances; Recreational Substances, Retail, Off-site Use; and Recreational Substances, Retail, On-Site Use. The definitions identify certain vaping, tobacco, nicotine, hemp and kratom products as recreational substances, for businesses selling such substances establish 25% inventory and 15% shelf display thresholds as recreational substance retail, off-site use and identify those businesses that allow the on-site use of recreational substances as Recreational Substances, Retail, On-Site Use.
The proposal would also amend and reenact section 19.1-52 to update the Use Table to include Recreational Substances, Retail, Off-site Use and Recreational Substances, Retail, On-Site Use; and to add special limitations for Recreational Substances, Retail to include a 2,000 ft. spacing requirement from schools and other recreational substances retailers and hours of operation. These amendments would make Recreational Substances, Retail, On-Site Use available by Conditional Use if approved by the Board of Supervisors within the C-3, C-4, and C-5 zoning districts and would make Recreational Substances, Retail, Off-site Use available via Conditional Use within C-5 zoning districts.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 6 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room.
For more information, contact Brett Meadows by Brett Meadows by email or by calling 804-717-6397.
Comprehensive Plan Projects
Ridgedale Special Focus Area
What is a Special Focus Area Plan?
In 2022, Chesterfield County initiated a Special Focus Area (SFA) study for the Ridgedale area. A Special Focus Area plan is a long-range plan providing detailed development guidance to areas undergoing, or having a high potential, for change. The SFA plan serves as a guide for future growth, land development and redevelopment decisions, programs, ordinances, and policies. An SFA plan relies more heavily on strategies for redevelopment of key properties through detailed design guidelines and placemaking strategies. This SFA plan is a component of the countywide Comprehensive Plan.
There were several factors that prompted the initiation of a SFA plan in the Ridgedale area. The county saw an opportunity to reexamine the possibilities for an area that is a distinct gateway to the county. The area includes the currently vacant Chippenham Crossing Center, which formerly had a grocery store as a tenant. Ridgedale Parkway is home to public and private park facilities, apartment complexes and Hening Elementary School. Mary Stratton Park encompasses part of Falling Creek, and the East Coast Greenway has been proposed through the area.
Where are we in the process?
Part of this SFA process includes opportunities for the county to engage with residents and community stakeholders regarding the future vision for the area. During this time, staff are conducting background research and drafting a strategic plan for the area. Multiple county departments and immediate private stakeholders will be providing key insights during this early drafting phase.
Initial outreach in Fall 2022 was focused on immediate stakeholders within the area. In Spring 2023, look for additional opportunities for public comment during the process, including a community meeting and public hearings with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
For more information, contact Brett Meadows by email or by calling 804-717-6397.
Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project
View information regarding the Zoning Ordinance Modernization (ZOMod) project.