Fredericksburg City Beat

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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Several recent storylines will continue next week. A few highlights:

  • The Comprehensive Plan: The Planning Commission recommended it, and council members spent about three hours poring over it last month. If you want to weigh in, click here to read the plan, then head to City Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for the public hearing. If you care about traffic, teardowns in neighborhoods, trails, the river, paving roads, historic preservation, it’s pretty much all in there.
  • Spot blight: The Planning Commission’s recommendation on what to do with 1108 Winchester St. left preservationists and some neighbors feeling uneasy. The story continues Tuesday, when the City Council holds its own public hearing before it decides what to do with this dilapidated house.
  • Courts: The City Council’s reaction to the release of this study on future court sites last month was a mix of sticker shock and a desire for more information. Council members will sit down Wednesday at 6 p.m. to talk more about this.
  • Regional tourism: If you’ve been following this saga, click here for the new agreement that council members will be asked to take action on Sept. 25. In it, the old Fredericksburg Area Tourism becomes the Greater Fredericksburg Tourism Partnership. I’ll have to do some more reading to figure out what else about it is new and different and convinced Spotsylvania County to sign back on.