Going solar? Colorado firm has designs on south Chesterfield megasite
If a rezoning application is approved by county officials, some 900 acres in the Bermuda District could become a solar farm with an estimated 300,000 solar panels in about three years. Torch Clean Energy of Boulder, Colo., recently submitted the application to the Chesterfield County Planning Department and has... Read more
Zoned out: County gets injunction against local charity
Last summer, the Guardians HOPE Center received help rehabilitating a building at the site of a former Bible college. Now the center’s leaders have been ordered by a judge to cease all uses of the property until they come into compliance with zoning or modify a conditional use permit.... Read more
Heading the right way? Not all happy about eminent domain case
Chesterfield County supervisors last week unanimously approved an eminent domain action for a property at 15101 Happy Hill Road. The action will give the county 600 feet of right-of-way access across the triangle-shaped property, which is located west of Jefferson Davis Highway. The access is along a route that... Read more
Which way Matoaca? Supervisors candidates speak at forum
Two of the three Republican candidates for their party’s nomination for Matoaca District supervisor participated in a forum last week. Kevin Carroll and Rob Thompson were joined by recently announced Democrat candidate Shajaun Mason at the May 16 forum at the Foxfire Club House, which was hosted by Chesterfield... Read more
Rural connections: Some Rhodes Lane residents waiting for broadband access
Hurry up and wait. That’s pretty much what some residents of Rhodes Lane have been doing for several years, according to Bonnie and Tyler Moody, a mother and son, who have been living at 16111 N. Rhodes Lane since March 2015. “We never thought there wouldn’t be Internet out... Read more
Community talks about criminal justice reform
Although Democratic state House candidate Tavorise Marks promoted legalizing marijuana during last week’s town hall on criminal justice reform, three inmates who are enrolled in the Chesterfield County Jail’s Heroin Addiction Recovery Program all said they were undecided. Marks hosted the May 1 forum at the Central Library, and... Read more
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Fiscal Year 2020 budget last week that includes an additional $1.9 million in funding for Chesterfield Schools. Budget Director Meghan Coates noted that the $1.9 million deficit was created when the General Assembly’s budget did not match what Gov. Ralph... Read more
County supervisors got an earful during last week’s public hearing on the proposed budget. Several speakers criticized the school district for not cutting enough, while others asked for more funding for teachers’ salaries in addition to the 3 percent included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget. Midlothian resident... Read more
Information leak: County begins long process to add fourth water source
The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors last week unanimously authorized the county to begin the designing and permitting process to add a water treatment facility on the Appomattox River. County staff believes that a fourth water source – in addition to Swift Creek Reservoir, Lake Chesdin and the James River... Read more
County administrator Joe Casey presented a Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Friday, which the supervisors were scheduled to consider during their March 13 afternoon work session. The $733.5 million budget represents a $22 million increase, or 3 percent, over the Fiscal Year 2019 budget. It would leave the real... Read more