Pocahontas Square Apartments
What has the County been doing to tackle your hot topics?
Throughout the process of updating the 2009 Comprehensive Plan - Historic Past, Sustainable Future - the County heard from thousands of citizens at community meetings and through surveys, e-mails, letters and telephone calls. Some comments were new, such as interconnectivity and energy efficiency. However, the majority of the concerns dealt with four areas of concern that have existed in James City County for years - growth, open space, housing and economic development.
James City County has listened and implemented changes to help address the hot topics.
GROWTH. The County has several requirements in place to help the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors assess the impacts of development proposals and identify where developers can contribute to reducing those impacts.
The draft Comprehensive Plan maintains and expands existing strategies by clarifying guidelines, revising the CIP, and more.
OPEN SPACE. The County has numerous existing programs and requirements to help protect open space and community character.
The draft Comprehensive Plan supports the County’s existing open space preservation programs and examines new mechanisms, such as the transfer of development rights, to add to the preservation toolkit.
HOUSING. The County has several programs to provide affordable and attractive housing within the community.
Historic Past, Sustainable Future supports diversity in house type and universal design, which encourages all buildings to be as usable as possible by everyone, regardless of age or ability.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. The County works to attract businesses and training opportunities that will benefit the community and add to the quality of life.
In addition to encouraging the redevelopment of vacant buildings and the diversification of the County’s tax base, the draft Comprehensive Plan continues to support existing programs that create a strong economic community.
The Planning Commission (PC) and Board of Supervisors have held work sessions to discuss the Historic Past, Sustainable Future. A PC public hearing is scheduled for September 30 at 6:30 p.m. The final schedule will be posted on www.jccplans.org and all meetings will be in Building F of the JCC Government Complex, 101 Mounts Bay Road. The draft plan, agendas, and other materials are available on www.jccplans.org.