Direction Two – Improve the lives of citizens and foster a sense of community
- The newest County park – My Place – includes all the features of a traditional playground such as slides, swings and climbing equipment, but was constructed to allow those with disabilities to access every aspect of the facility. The playground was built in partnership with the Leadership Historic Triangle Class of 2009.
- In response to an increase in graffiti, the Board of Supervisors approved a Graffiti Ordinance that allows the County to remove graffiti when the property owner is missing or otherwise unwilling to do so. Expense for removal on private property can now be forwarded on to the property owner.
- In an effort to continue to combat the spread of gangs and illegal drugs, the Board of Supervisors approved a Drug Blight Ordinance that allows the County to take action on homes where illegal substances are possessed, manufactured or distributed.
- Many homeowners are affected by the use of Chinese drywall. In response, the County created a citizen information webpage that features information on what resources are available to property owners.
In addition, the Board of Equalization took action to reduce the real estate assessments of the involved properties.
- Thomas Nelson Community College celebrated the grand opening of the Historic Triangle Campus. The new facility sits on nearly 74 acres of land donated by the County near Warhill High School at 4601 Opportunity Way. More than 1,600 students are enrolled at the new campus.
- Twenty-four first-time County homebuyers received a lower interest rate through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s (VHDA) Sponsoring Partnerships and Revitalizing Communities (SPARC) program. The interest rate – one-half percent below VHDA’s standard first-time homebuyers’ rate – was available to qualified buyers who purchase designated homes constructed by developers and builders in the County’s Affordable Housing Incentive Program (AHIP).
- Neighborhood Connections received an Achievement Award from the Virginia Association of Counties for the database Neighborhoods Organizing Ways to Achieve Connections (NOWAC). The database contains searchable information on County neighborhoods such as all neighborhoods with pools or clubhouses or who use management companies.
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