The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors last week approved a contract for up to $1.01 million for a company to update the zoning ordinance.
On March 11, the supervisors hired White and Smith LLC to develop a new ordinance and implement an online ordinance tool. That part of the contract totals $794,628. However, the company can earn an additional $216,280 to produce an in-house charrette, a public charrette and upgrades to the online ordinance tool. A charrette is a collaborative planning and design session.
According to the staff report, much of the county’s current zoning ordinance is from 1997 and lacks design and administrative flexibility, graphics and diagrams. Modernization is needed to align with the recently-adopted Comprehensive Plan.
The update of the zoning ordinance will take 24 to 36 months and include four phases: diagnostic, drafting, public hearing, and adoption.
199-foot cell tower
The supervisors approved a conditional use permit and conditional use planned development for Karina Fournier to build at 199-foot cell tower on the northwest section of Route 10 and Jefferson Davis Highway.
The site at 2710 W. Hundred Road is on 1.8 acres east of Rock Hill Road.
The tower would be partially shielded from view along Jefferson Davis Highway by existing commercial buildings. Existing trees would help shield the view from Rock Hill and West Hundred roads.
As many as four cell phone providers could use the tower.
Bus service agreement
The supervisors approved a transit service agreement with Greater Richmond Transit Co. to provide bus service along Jefferson Davis Highway (Route 1) from an Ampthill Food Lion north of Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) to John Tyler Community College.
Service, which was scheduled to begin Monday, March 16, would be paid for with state grant funds for two years at $1.16 million a year.
Goals are for the buses to transport 140 passengers a day and 70 on Saturday.
One-way fares will cost $1.50. Fares for seniors, the disabled, and children are 75 cents. Passes for one, for seven and for 30 days are available. GRTC-issued IDs are required for reduced fares. For more information, call (804) 358-4782 or go online at ridegrtc.com.
Twenty-four stops will be made along the route.
Hours of operation are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays.
Extended archery season
The supervisors approved extending the bow hunting season to include the months of September, January, February, and March.
The extended season was established by the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries in 2002. Chesterfield participated in the extended season 2011-17.
The extended season is made available to help control the deer population.