Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Planning Commission to have work session tonight on Trailways Masterplan
The Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m. has a work session on the draft of the Trailways Masterplan.
You can read through the document and presentation here.
Tonight’s work session follows several community meetings the Planning Department held. Here is one story I wrote about those meetings that were well attended by horse riders.
Here is another article we did on trails.
Here is a link with information on comments and concerns local residents have raised to county planners. Here is a snippet of a reply one planner sent to a concerned resident:
“Regarding intended users in the proximity to the Harvestdale, Enchanted Woods, and Red Rose Village areas I can tell you that equestrian trails are not proposed to be located there. Equestrian facilities are envisioned to be located west of Old Plank Road but not to the east. We are aware of concerns regarding the Virginia Central Rail Trail in the area of Harvestdale, Enchanted Woods, and Red Rose Village and certainly will be considering these areas as we move further past the Comprehensive Planning phase and into implementation. As stated during our recent Community meeting held on September 22, 2010, the Virginia Central Rail Corridor has been identified as a “rails to trails” corridor by the State Department of Conservation and Recreation as an important regional trailway, as well as the George Washington Regional Commission in their regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Spotsylvania County has identified the corridor as a trailway since at least the 2002 Comprehensive Plan. The corridor offers a great linear route from east to west that fits within ongoing regional trailways planning. A recent study by the Fredericksburg Metropolitan Planning Organization found that approximately 46,169 persons live within a mile of the trailway Within Spotsylvania County resulting in a recreational trail that can serve many users. Within Spotsylvania County as well as the greater region there is a large demand for trailways and yet the area offers very few. Our greatest deficit in parks and recreation amenities are in trailway facilities based on both State and County standards. From a tourism perspective the VCR offers the ability to connect a number our Civil War Battlefields parks.”