New development plan for Chesterfield County

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The county's goal is to have every single resident work in Chesterfield. But with concerns of only what is going on in their immediate backyard, the county is set to create a new master plan. It's a major undertaking that is set to be complete in 18 months.

"The comprehensive plan will make recommendations regarding land use, but will go beyond that to make recommendations about how we should build public facilities, where we should build them, what size they are going to be," said Director of Planning Kirk Turner.

Years ago, rather than taking a county-wide approach, the county allowed 21 different areas to build their own plans for development.

"While everybody says that we need to have a strong employment and manufacturing base, many people didn't want those sorts of uses next door to them and so we lost out on that," Turner said.

In Chesterfield County, there are more than 140 uses listed for land, and they're all listed in 21 separate plans for each area. But what the Comprehensive plan would do is limit the land uses to 15 or 16, and they'd all be listed under one plan.

A resident committee of 34 will hunt through each page; pulling out information relevant to the entire county.

"I think it's really smart to go to the people who live here and ask them what they think," said Barbara MacIntyre, a Chesterfield resident.

"It's a great county, but it can be better," said resident Patrick Duncan.

A consulting firm and the board of supervisors will also help re-write the plan which focuses on a creation of jobs and reviving older parts of the county.

"We could see a much larger document, but a much more detailed and informative document," said Turner.

Here are the details if you want to learn more about Chesterfield's Comprehensive Plan: The first open house is Tuesday, July 14th at the Government Center. The open house runs from 4-8 p.m., with presentations beginning at 4:30 and 6:30.

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