A Hanover County 20-year growth plan, not very different from the current plan, was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 14, but more work remains to be
The Board voted 5-2 to adopt the 2017-2013 Comprehensive Plan update, but
decided to refer the proposed “Active Living and Healthy Neighborhoods” section
to the Board’s Community Development Committee.
“Active Living and Healthy Neighborhoods” was a new component
of the Plan that developed from recommendations made by the Board’s Bicycle and
Pedestrian Connectivity Engagement Committee. It was meant to encourage amenities
such as walking trails and bike paths where they are feasible, without being
mandatory. The proposed new section was the subject of comments from citizens,
both supportive and opposed, during the review process.
The Community Development Committee, which consists of three
Board members supported by staff, has the assignment of determining “the
appropriate routes and paths needed to guide effective implementation.” The
next meeting of the Community Development Committee has not been scheduled.
The removal of the “Active Living and Healthy Neighborhoods”
section from the Comprehensive Plan led Chickahominy District Supervisor, Angela
Kelly-Wiecek and Ashland District Supervisor, Faye Prichard, to vote against the
motion of Beaverdam District Supervisor, Aubrey M. Stanley, to approve the
Comprehensive Plan update.
Board members were unanimous in agreeing to remove a proposed
commercial designation in the Hylas area of Rockville after a number of
residents expressed opposition. The land is currently zoned agricultural and
residents wanted to maintain that rural atmosphere.
In addition, a vote was unanimous to reduce housing densities
in two zoning districts within the Suburban Services Area, which was beyond the
recommendation by the Planning Commission.
plan anticipates an average annual growth rate of 1.5% over the next 20 years.