Posted by Colby Rogers
HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Hanover County residents will get a chance to sound off Thursday night about a proposed development off Route 54 near I-95.
Providence Creek would be a mixed-use community where residents could live, shop and maybe even work, the developers say.
However, the proposal has been met with resistance because the development would permanently shut down part of Providence Church Road.
Cassell Storrs, a 20-year-member of Providence Baptist Church, says most of the congregation will be attending the public hearing Thursday night. The church sits at the end of Providence Church Road and the congregation is upset because the road shutdown would force them to drive through the Providence Creek every Sunday.
"The way they want to change it, the people on that road would have to go out of their way to get back home," Storrs said.
Storrs says the church would have problem with the development if the road were left untouched.
Providence Baptist Church is not visible from the main highway and church-goers say they fear the new development will also make it harder to find.
But county planning officials say the road would have to change, because the new development would reduce visibility and make the intersection of Woodside Drive and Providence Church Road dangerous.
"We understand the residents that live along Providence Church Road, as well as the members of the church who travel that road have some legitimate concerns," said Henrico Deputy Planning Director David Maloney, "but our recommendation from the staff is really focused on the safety issues."
"If the planning commission moves forward with this proposed development after Thursday night's public hearing, it will head to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.