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05/25/10 BOS recap

For those of you who don’t know, I give a live report during every BOS meetings on FredTalk.

You can read it here:

BOS Holds Public Hearing

On Carmel Church Development

The Board of Supervisors at its May 25 meeting held a public hearing on a development in Carmel Church that was lauded by citizens who spoke.

Nine people spoke in favor of the BOS approving a rezoning request that would lead the way to a mixed use, transit oriented development that would include a train station and other multi-modal facilities. The property is located near the Flying J truck stop and is 1,059.3 acres total.

If approved and developed, the project would also include space for retail/commercial offices, government agencies, hospitals, universities, hotels, recreational uses and many types of residential development and parkland.

After hearing the positive comments by the public, the Board of Supervisors asked several questions to the developer and Staff members. They deferred consideration for approval of the project until the June 8 meeting.

Other highlights of the meeting include:

  • Requested Staff to work with the Commonwealth Attorney and the McShin Foundation to develop a Memorandum of Understanding for utilization of the Cannery for office space.
  • Gave approval to a plan to reduce operating costs at the solid waste operating costs.
  • Appointed Mark Garnett to the Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services Council (REMS) and Jim Fullem to the Board of Equalization.
  • Approved an amendment to the Animal Control ordinance that strengthens the enforcement powers of the Sheriffs Office.
  • Approved an amendment to the sign ordinance for Entertainment and Recreational districts.
  • Deferred a request by the Public School Division to add additional projects to its Capital Improvement plan for renovation of schools.
  • Adopted the FY 2011 Budget with changes approved at the May 18 worksession.
  • Advanced to public hearing on June 8 an ordinance to cap the BPOL tax at $120,000 a year.
  • Authorized the County Attorney to negotiate a payment settlement with Lake Caroline Water Company for past due payments.