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Fredericksburg Planning Commission’s Wednesday agenda includes stadium discussion

 The Planning Commission agenda for Wednesday includes discussion of  the proposal for a multipurpose stadium in Fredericksburg.

However, Planning Director Chuck Johnston hasn’t jumped ahead of the process. He simply wanted to be prepared in case the City Council votes tonight to move the issue to the Planning Commission, his staff said.

Owners of the Hagerstown Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, have expressed interest in relocating from Maryland to Fredericksburg if the city builds a publicly financed stadium, expected to cost roughly $30 million.

City Council is holding a public hearing tonight on the stadium proposal. Council could vote to move the proposal to the Planning Commission for consideration of amending both the Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvements Plan. Commissioners would also need to hold a public hearing before giving their recommendation on the proposal to council.

The item on Wednesday’s Planning Commission agenda is for discussion of an amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 9, Public Facilities and Services and whether the stadium is in “substantial accord” with the Comprehensive Plan.

City Council has five public hearings scheduled for tonight starting at 7 p.m. The stadium proposal is the last one on the agenda. The hearings will be held in council chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.