A Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting was held on March 10th to give the general public an opportunity to comment on the draft Plan.
Interested residents attended the session in the Board Room to hear a status report on the Comp Plan from Hill Studios, the consultant hired to formulate the details of the document. David Hill explained the various components of the Plan and then the floor was opened for public comment.
Most of the comments heard came from residents advocating for the construction of a new branch library to replace the current branch that leases space in the plaza at 694-J Sharon Road.
King William joins King & Queen, Hanover, and Goochland counties to make up the Pamunkey Regional Library System. Along with the location on Sharon Road, there is also a branch library in West Point. Friends of the Upper King William Library assist with funding and events at the Sharon Road location.
Advocates for a new facility spoke of the challenges of the current space, from its location to its tight quarters. The presence of a modern library was also touted by speakers who need internet access and research capabilities.
A larger facility could also expand the opportunity for greater meeting space than the current location.
When the Kennington subdivision was in the planning stages, King William County was proffered a lot with the construction of a new library in mind. Those ideas have resurfaced as the Comp Plan addresses expanded facilities in the Central Garage area.
The recommendation cited by the language in the Comp Plan reads: “Further consideration should be given for library expansion and possible construction of a new facility in Central Garage.”
New construction will always be the most popular choice, but there may be other considerations which could include partnerships with neighboring counties. The objective is to expand the footprint if the demand is justified.
Future discussions at the County level among Staff and the Board of Supervisors are likely ahead on this topic. King William County contributed $444,597 to the Pamunkey Library System in FY ’22 for both branches.
Mattaponi & Pamunkey Rivers Association
Strong Partner in River Preservation
The March 7th blog entry made mention about future recreation opportunities in King William County as a result of the new Comprehensive Plan.
Soon after, I received an invite to speak at the Annual Meeting of the Mattaponi & Pamunkey Rivers Association (MPRA) on April 22.
On its website, MPRA lists its mission as:
What is the mission of MPRA?
The Mattaponi & Pamunkey Rivers Association is dedicated to the history, ecology, scenic landscape, recreation, and economy of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey rivers. Our goals are as follows:
- To stimulate citizen interest and involvement in resource management issues.
- To increase awareness of local and regional conservation issues through education.
- To protect the ecology of the rivers, natural areas, agricultural and forest land, and other area resources.
- To preserve the historic and scenic qualities of the rivers and surrounding landscapes.
- To promote responsible recreational use of the rivers.
- To encourage development compatible with traditional land use patterns and a high quality of life.
- To promote a constructive dialogue between governmental bodies, industry, and citizens.
The MPRA is a 501(c)3 organization and is funded by donations with the help of a volunteer Board of Directors.
I am looking to share the County’s vision on April 22. Please visit the organization’s website and consider making a donation at Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Association (mpra.org).
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to Host Public Meeting
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will conduct a public meeting in the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Fredericksburg District to give citizens the opportunity to provide comments on projects and programs to be included in the Fiscal Year 2023-2028 Six-Year Improvement Program (FY2023-2028 SYIP), including highway, rail, and public transportation initiatives. These projects and programs represent important improvements to address safety, congestion, and preservation of Virginia’s transportation network.
The public meeting for citizens in our region will start at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 25, at James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Avenue, in the City of Fredericksburg. Formal public comment on projects proposed to be included in the draft will be accepted at the meeting. Written comments may also be submitted during the meeting, or they may be mailed or emailed afterwards.
If you cannot attend the meeting, you may send your comments to Infrastructure Investment Director at 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219 or email them to Six-YearProgram@vdot.virginia.gov. For transit and public transportation, you may email your comments DRPTPR@drpt.virginia.gov, or mail them to Public Information Office, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, 600 East Main Street, Suite 2102, Richmond VA, 23219. Comments on the Draft SYIP and candidate projects will be accepted until May 23, 2022.
For more information, visit http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/planning/springmeetings2022/default.asp.