Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Breaking Blog News on HCOD-Design Standards
Supervisor Hap Connors, who was present at last night’s community meeting on the Highway Corridor Overlay Districts Design Standards said today that he supports the revisions because "good design is good business."
However, after hearing the concerns that people raised last night, he said he plans to recommend the following changes:
- He will ask planners to scale back the highway corridor overlay districts to those just in the primary growth area. This will remove most rural highway overlay districts. Staff proposed a total of 17 districts.
- He will recommend streamlining the special-use permit process. It is unclear how planners can do this with current staff levels.
- He will recommend simplifying the design matrix. The folks who complained about them last night (please see prior blog for the background) said some of the standards are ambiguous.
- He will recommend incentives to businesses/developers that adopt the new standards. One incentive he mentioned was that planners could fast track the permit process.
Will this be enough?