The council also voted to delay for 30 days action on a controversial special-use permit that would allow the subdivision of a 3.7-acre West End property owned by former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow…A lot of nerves have been exposed,” said Tyler, who added that he “misspoke” during a Planning Commission meeting when he said he hadn’t received emails from residents about the permit. [Council grants tax exemptions]
Graziano implicating citizens in death?
….Richmond installed a warning sign near the intersection where high school student Antonio Shands Jr. died almost two weeks ago….Councilwoman Kathy Graziano, Fourth District, told CBS 6 that it is the city’s responsibility to trim the tree that obscures the sign, but as far as she knew, no one had complained to the city about it…. wtvr.com
Note: The city of Richmond does it backwards. The master plan establishes the intentions. Zoning regulations must conform to the master plan. A special use permit waives zoning requirements. The city uses the failure to follow the plan to justify changing the plan, which will not be followed.
….Planning Commission has passed the amendments….will allow more development of a charming near West End neighborhood….35 special permits on the short strip….“Drive on Libbie, between Patterson and Grove, you really see transition happening right now, with residential, commercial office space, with rental space that is just waiting for something to happen,” Councilman Tyler said. “And as a result it really doesn’t reflect well on our neighborhood.”
Why is the Powhite Parkway/RMA Expressway (from Route 288 to Carytown) the worst of the highways, pothole-wise, when the toll costs $1.45/car each way? It’s the most expensive toll road, aside from the Pocahontas Parkway and it’s by far one of the worst roads in the area.
With Richmond’s promise to dedicate the “Complete Streets” method of planning for cars, pedestrians, bikers and public transit when upgrading roadways, there was much discussion and opposition to the lack of designated bike lanes on the bridge and as well as leading to and away from the span.
I was at the public hearing as well, and I can only express disappointment at how adamant the City’s Engineers were that their design for Forest Hill is what is best for those who live along the corridor.