Chesterfield County master plan ready for approval

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – We now have a better idea of what Chesterfield will look like in 20 years. A comprehensive plan was just drafted, and it's now time for you to weigh in. The first chance to look at the draft is tonight.

Everything concerning the county's future is laid out in this 210-page packet. Thursday night's meeting will be at L.C. Bird High School. Something you may find interesting- the county wants to get away from separate neighborhoods and shopping centers. The idea is join them, and create mixed- use communities.

"The Cordial Cricket" is in the heart of Chester Village Green-- a community the county wants to copy. Owner Elizabeth Howard works and lives here.

"I'm a mom. I have a child. It's good to be close to home. It's good to have a short commute," Howard said.

Her store is not off a main road, but business is booming. She's surrounded by apartments and homes.

"I don't feel like people say I'd rather go to a mall. It just seems like they're really happy to come somewhere local and shop," she said.

Mixed-use development is one of the new ideas in this master plan. Planning Director Kirk Turner says people no longer want a long commute.

"One of the things that was pretty clear was our citizens want us to really build upon what we have good today," Turner said.

Over the next 20 years, leaders will turn to the manual for suggestions on how to sculpt the county.

"Hull Street Road is going to become very congested and we'll need an alternative route for those people to take. An extension of Powhite Parkway makes sense," he said.

Right now-- there are 21 separate plans for parts of Chesterfield. This will be the first time the county has one master plan. Howard supports the 210 pages.

"Nobody wants a big commute anymore. Nobody wants to be in traffic anymore," Howard commented.

Thursday night's open house starts at 7 p.m. at L.C. Bird High School. Every district will get a chance to review the documents. The board of supervisors is set to approve this hefty comprehensive plan in August. If you'd like to get more information on Chesterfield's comprehensive plan or find out when your area is having an open house click here. 

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