RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond City Council approved a plan that would re-zone portions of Church Hill to allow for more development in the neighborhood.
The zoning change will allow for less traveled sections of Church Hill to be open to commercial and multi-family housing development. Currently only certain sections of Church Hill are open to development beyond the building of new single family homes.
City leaders want to expand the options to offer the opportunity for investors to build new commercial properties and apartment complexes. The proposal brought strong opinions for and against the idea.
"I want to live in a neighborhood where there are kids running around and newlyweds with baby carriages and grandparents sitting on the porches and that neighborhood generally doesn't exist in this country because our zoning laws are all set up to keep those people out," said resident Charlie Field.
"We want to live here we've moved here for this purpose for the feeling that we have. We're not the Fan, we don't want to be the Fan. We want to be to be able to support our schools by developing families and having a safe place for the children," said Terri Scherer.
The council passed the zoning change unanimously.
They also passed two other companion items that involved parking in Church Hill and adjusted the city's master plan to accommodate the zoning switch.
In addition to the zoning change, city council also took up GRTC's proposal to increase their fares on the buses, by about 25 cents a ride.
Ten different city residents spoke out about the proposed change.