The group agreed to convene representatives from Richmond-area localities to begin work to create a regional plan that will help identify new access points and trails to the river and find ways to encourage business development along it. Link
Essentially, tonight’s passage of the Riverfront Plan means that the historic view from Libby Hill will be preserved. The plan deferred to language in the City’s Master Plan, which had already been adopted. Link
As for the Riverfront Plan, council voted to delay the decision to vote on a proposal to adopt the plan into the Downtown Master Plan for two weeks until their Nov. 26 meeting. The vote to delay came after a lengthy period of confusion and discussion.
The City of Richmond Planning Commission voted to adopt the 2012 Riverfront Plan as an element of the city’s Master Plan and Downtown Plan Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.
The vote was 7-1 to approve, with commission chair Melvin Law the lone dissenting vote. City councilman Doug Conner abstained. The Riverfront Plan will likely go before City Council in October.
As part of the national program, this ceremony kicked off an independent community-service planning project to be led by landscape architects. The project will study the viewshed of the James River in Richmond and determine how it can be protected for future generations, while realizing its potential for economic development.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
THAT THE RICHMOND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.
in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall, 900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia,
for the adoption of the Richmond Riverfront Plan and amendment to the Master Plan and Downtown Plan for the City of Richmond to incorporate the recommendations contained within the Richmond Riverfront Plan.
The Master Plan was adopted by the City Planning Commission on November 6, 2000, and City Council on January 8,2001, as well as the Downtown Plan, adopted by the Planning Commission on May 4, 2009 and City Council on July 27, 2009.
The adoption of the Riverfront Plan will update the Master Plan and Downtown Plan by incorporating the Richmond Riverfront Plan as an element of both plans. The Richmond Riverfront Plan provides long-range policy direction for the physical development of the stretch of the James River between the Lee Bridge and Rocketts Landing on the north bank and Ancarrow’s Landing on the south bank, and extending a minimum of 200 feet back from either bank to align with the existing street grid or rail tracks and relating to the surrounding neighborhoods.
Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Planning and Development Review, City Hall, Room 510, 900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia (804-646-6736).
Melvin Law, Chairman
Richmond City Planning Commission