2021 was an active year according to the annual report presented to the King William Planning Commission at its first meeting in 2022 on January 4.
Sherry Graham, Director of Planning, shared a reflection of the last 12 months in reviewing the report, beginning with a 10 percent population growth since the 2010 Census which brings our population to 17,606 in 2021.
Other numbers showed steady activity throughout the year despite the challenges of COVID-19:
Residential Land Disturbance Permits – 171
Zoning Permits – 327
Family Subdivisions – 5
Exempt Subdivisions – 2
Single Lot Subdivisions – 15
Minor Subdivisions – 13.
The Planning Commission also approved eight Conditional Use Permits (CUP) in 2021 and two rezoning requests.
Ms. Graham also highlighted the Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances update in October, and Hill Studio being retained to assist with updating the Comprehensive Plan by presenting critical demographic and market assessment data. In addition, the Planning Commission is evaluating the future Land Use Map that is critical to the update of the Comprehensive Plan, which is expected to be in final draft in early 2022.
The leadership of the Planning Commission in 2022 will be Chairman John Breeden and Vice Chairman Matt Sluder. Supervisor Stephen Greenwood, Bonnie Hite, and Don Wagner complete the makeup of the Commission.
With greater Staff emphasis on Economic Development, the Planning Commission could see even more activity in 2022 than ever before. Congrats and thanks to the Commission members for their continued service and commitment to this important function of County Government.
Pamunkey Regional Library Serving King William Residents at Two Locations
With the worldwide web having information at our fingertips through numerous devices, sometimes the importance of our traditional library system gets lost in the conversation.
However, King William is fortunate to have two branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library system within its borders: 694-J Sharon Road In King William County and 721 Main Street in West Point.
According to Pamunkey Library Director Tom Shepley, circulation at the library locations is starting to return to pre-COVID-19 numbers. Each branch is geared toward serving patrons of all ages with activities.
Read-along books have grown in popularity, as well as a program aimed at having preschoolers read 1,000 books before they enroll in kindergarten.
There is a computer lab at each branch to help school-age children and adults research materials for classroom assignments, job resumes, and more. There is also a printing services available.
There is meeting space available for groups and are also daily activities for individuals.
If you have not checked out the two branches in a while, you might want to dust off your library card and see what modern services are available.
There is also a vacancy on the Regional Library Board of Trustees. If interested, please contact County Administration for more information or visit the County website to download an application.
It is Not Too Early to be Thinking About Youth Baseball & Softball
There might be snow on the ground, but there are hundreds of boys and girls in King William County and the surrounding areas who are thinking ahead to the start of baseball and softball seasons.
Registration for King William County Little League is now underway at: https://www.playkwll.com/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR20nT1OsV78RCKqf6qHkUkqHxUe5sCmBBfF6pVCr_YW07uJuN2CdmmcPHI or visit the County website News Flash section for a clickable link.
County Staff met with Little League representatives Mike Maiorana and Troy Simons recently to discuss the upcoming season. King William County Little League has an agreement with the Board of Supervisors to maintain three fields at the Ball Park located off Route 30. The organization has been a tremendous tenant in promoting baseball and softball and have continuously made improvements to the facility. Opening day could be as early as late March, according to Maiorana.
A vision for everyone involved is to continue to upgrade the fields and possibly add more lighting and increase use of the scoreboards. County Staff is looking at repairing some drainage issues that exist and adding other features to the park such as a walking trail and additional playground equipment.
Providing safe places for children to play is a fundamental responsibility for every community. The Ball Park has been a haven for fun and excitement for many years. Under the management of Parks & Recreation, this is sizing up to be another great year for the players, volunteer coaches, and parents.
Thanks to all for providing young people with this tremendous opportunity.