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Previous Comprehensive Plan accomplishments

 

JCC staff from every department uses the goals, strategies and actions detailed in the Comprehensive Plan to guide their program development and tasks throughout the year. Here are just a few highlights of projects that began after the 2009 Comprehensive Plan implementation.

 

Economic Development

  • In June 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved revisions and expansion of the Enterprise Zone in the northern end of the County to include additional existing businesses. To maximize opportunities for economic development, the County created the Economic Opportunity (EO) zoning district.
  • In 2013, the Office of Economic Development (OED) partnered with Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) to create the Triangle Entrepreneur Exchange. This series features entrepreneurs who can share their lessons learned with small business owners and budding entrepreneurs in the Historic Triangle. During 2012, the OED organized business seminars on entrepreneurship; developing local, state, and federal contract opportunities; financing available through the VA Small Business Finance Authority; exporting; and programs available for users of the Port of Virginia. In 2013, the incubator was expanded to a regional incubator. Partnership with the College of William and Mary continues, now with the Entrepreneurship Center, which has the contract to manage the incubator.
  • Planning staff processed a number of Zoning Ordinance amendments to help streamline the administrative review process and allow more permitted uses in the business/industrial districts. Staff looked at uses that were currently allowed by-right and compiled a list of specially-permitted uses (SUPs) that had similar impacts and amended the ordinance to allow those uses by-right. Staff also reviewed the site plan section of the ordinance and amended the thresholds for cases that require approval of the Development Review Committee (DRC).

 

Land Use

  • The Marketing Coordinator for the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences services on the Economic Development Authority (EDA) has revived the Rural Economic Development Committee (REDC). The REDC works to encourage and promote viable rural economic business opportunities and is overseeing the rural enterprise strategy implementation. The OED and Planning staffs collaborated on a project to complete a rural enterprise strategy. Consultants have been procured to identify our assets, market potential, regulatory environment and appropriate business opportunities in our rural lands to support traditional and non-traditional agriculture and forestry uses. The contract was signed in fall 2013 with an anticipated completion by summer 2014. In 2011, the Board of Supervisors reviewed a feasibility study and ultimately decided to not pursue a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program.
  • In September 20Rural Lands in James City County11, staff drafted ordinance language that more specifically highlights aspects of mixed use development standards from the Comprehensive Plan. In 2012, staff processed ordinance amendments, specifically for the residential and multiple use districts that address compatibility of uses with respect to size, scale, and location of uses. On September 11, 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new residential redevelopment district, R-3.
  • The products of the Historic Triangle Coordinated Comprehensive Plan review, the summary document and transportation study, were endorsed in January 2014 as part of the methodology and will be used as foundational documents for JCC’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan review. On September 10, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved updates to the Williamsburg, JCC, and York County Regional Bicycle Facility Plan. The plan is to be used as the policy document identifying desired bikeway routes within the County with the goal of providing bicycle access to major destinations.

 

Transportation

  • Planning staff developed a Pedestrian Accommodation Master Plan which was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in November 2011. As part of the ordinance update, staff developed an updated inventory of existing and proffered sidewalks to help evaluate the best locations for sidewalk construction both by the County and by private development proposals. In November 2011, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the Pedestrian Accommodation Zoning Ordinance amendments and the Pedestrian Accommodations Map which require pedestrian facilities and interconnectivity within new developments.
  • In June 2013, Planning staff initiated the Longhill Road Corridor Study to find transportation solutions by taking into consideration traffic demand, environmental conditions and other features unique to Longhill Road. This study has significant pubic and stakeholder involvement as well as VDOT and agency coordination.
  • The Mooretown Road Corridor Study will begin in the early part of 2014. Staff is also working with VDOT on the I-64 widening project. This will help increase capacity throughout the corridor. JCC has agreed to the initial Environmental Impact Statement Study and continues to provide guidance to VDOT about the project.
  • Throughout 2013, Planning staff applied for and received several funding transfers to accelerate projects. More to come…

 

Community Corridor

  • The historic Norge Depot was saved from destruction and relocated on Croaker Road next to the JCC Library. Rehabilitation was completed in 2012. The building houses a museum about the Norge community and railroad history; the landmark also serves as meeting space. The Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.

 

Housing

  • Energy conservation audits are being incorporated in all County-initiated housing rehabilitation projects.  Project specifications include improvements to increase energy efficiency and to reduce utility and maintenance costs for owners.  The Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) has encouraged builders participating in the Affordable Housing Improvement Program to construct homes in accordance with model energy efficiency programs of utility companies and affiliates.

 

Public Facilities

  • JCC Alert was launched as a new way to communicate with County residents about emergency alerts, notifications and updates via text message or email.

 

Environment

  • Citizen volunteers continue monitoring efforts at 20 sites for benthic macro-invertebrates and three sites for bacteria. Stormwater Division staff monitors another nine sites for bacteria. Volunteer monitoring produces longer-term comparable data regarding the quality of County waterways.

 

Comprehensive Plan Awards

  • The 2009 Comprehensive Plan, Historic Past, Sustainable Future garnered broad support from the community as well as recognition from a variety of professional organizations. The Comprehensive Plan received the following awards: American Planning Association Virginia Chapter (APA VA) Public Outreach and Engagement Award, National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Civic Education and Public Information, NACo Best Rural Program Award, APA VA Planning Innovation Award, and the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Achievement Award for Information Technology.

Each year Planning staff prepares an update on progress made to Comprehensive Plan goals, strategies and actions as a part of the Planning Commission Annual Report. To read more on the progress made on the 2009 Comprehensive Plan goals, strategies and action please review these reports.

 

The topic areas the 2009 Comprehensive Plan addressed were:

Demographics

Population Needs

Economic Development

Housing

Environment

Community Character

Parks and Recreation

Public Facilities

Transportation

Land Use

 

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