City council tonight, at their last meeting of the summer, approved rezonign for Union Hill, adopted the final amendments to the Downtown Master Plan, and agreed to purchase the Lehigh Cement property on Dock Street.
- The meeting began with an Awards and Presentations Period. Jennifer Tillery from Armstrong HS and Victoria Jones from Franklin Military were recognized as outstanding students from RRHA communities. Franklin Military’s Kimera Davis and Michael Harrison, a rising senior at George Wythe, were recognized as 2009 Bank of America Student Leader winners. Davis and Harrison are 2 of 230 winners from 3,000 applicants nationwide.
- This was followed by approximately 90 minutes of entertaining speakers and the sharing of small details by councilpersons.
The portion of the Consent Agenda that was not continued was unanimously approved:
- Council unanimously approved Ord. No. 2009-127 “to authorize the
special use of 2700 Newbourne Street for the purpose of authorizing a
family day home located within a single-family dwelling“.
- Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2009-135 “to rezone certain properties located in the Union Hill neighborhood, generally bounded by Q Street to the north, Jefferson Avenue to the south, North 25th Street to the east, and Mosby Street to the west, from the current R-7 Single- and Two- Family Urban Residential, R-53 Multifamily Residential, and B-2 Community Business zoning district classifications to the R-63 Multifamily Urban Residential and UB Urban Business zoning district classifications.”
Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2009-136 “to approve an amendment to the Master Plan for the purpose of changing the Land Use Plan for certain properties within the Union Hill neighborhood, generally bounded by Q Street to the north, Jefferson Avenue to the south, North 25th Street to the east and Mosby Street to the west, and to designate an additional â€œMixed Use (Residential)â€ land use classification. ”
- Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2009-142, making additional space available to Peter Paul Development Center.
The Regular Agenda, potentially more controversial, went as smoothly:
- Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2009-117 “to approve an amendment to the Master Plan for the City of Richmond to adopt additional amendments to the Downtown Plan”. A representative for the Echo Harbor developers spoke against this, reminding council that both the property is currently zoned M-2 (which allows for industrial development up to 300 feet high) and that their request for a Special Use Permit has been in process longer than the Downtown Master Plan process. City Council 5th District Representative Marty Jewell spoke in favor of development along the river and the current Echo Harbor proposal specifically. We have a Downtown Master Plan, folks.
- Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2009-153 “to authorize the acquisition of 3111 Water Street from Lehigh Cement Company LLC for the purchase price of $2,000,000 for the purpose of providing an open public
space and a public park along the river to complement the Virginia Capital Trail. (previously)
City Council will not meet in August.