Citizens weigh in on Hanover’s Comp Plan update

With only one workshop left until the Board of Supervisors make a decision on the county’s updates to the Comprehensive Plan,  citizens are throwing in their two cents every chance they can get.

More than 60 concerned residents gathered at a public hearing Aug. 28 and roughly a dozen voiced their opinions on the plan and concerns over the impacts growth could have on the county.

Col. David Hines, Hanover sheriff

Col. David Hines, Hanover sheriff

Col. David R. Hines, Hanover’s sheriff asked the Board to consider how the growth predicted in the plan could affect the Sheriff’s Office.

“As stated on many occasions, I am not expressing my opposition or support for any of the changes being proposed to the Comprehensive Plan. Rather, I simply intend to convey to you the impact that growth within the county will have on Sheriff’s Office manpower, resources and operations,” Hines told the Board.

David Maloney, planning director, pointed out the purpose of the Comprehensive Plan.

“This plan, again, is not a regulating document,” Maloney said. “It’s a document used to guide future land use and zoning decisions.”

Wayne T. Hazzard, South Anna supervisor, reminded the audience that the current Plan allows developers to build 30 dwellings per acre but under the changes, only a maximum of 15 units per acre would be allowed.

Although growth would be cut in half, citizens are not satisfied.

Rick Ryan, Cold Harbor resident, said that 15 units per acre “is still a huge number.”

Christopher Sullivan, a Beaverdam District resident and candidate for the 55th House of Delegates seat, reminded the Board that they are not required by law to make any changes to the Plan.

“[The new plan] encourages expansion beyond what was already approved in 2007 and provides no insights to any degree of detail, that I’ve seen anyway, on how the expansion will impact the county budget at our current revenue stream,” Sullivan said.

Like many other residents at the hearing, Sullivan believed that if the changes to the plan are approved, then developers would almost instantly come in and start building, a reason why he asked the Board to reject the plan.

The Board held a workshop Sept. 4 (after presstime) where supervisors took into consideration all of the public’s comments. Final approval is slated for Sept. 11.

Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 9:13 am