Williamsburg Notebook: Commission to Consider Capital Plan, Quarterpath Revisions

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City offices are closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day. On Wednesday, the Planning Commission will consider recommending the Capital Improvements Program and revisions to Riverside’s Quarterpath development.

City Offices Closed for Presidents Day

City offices and the Quarterpath Recreation Center will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

The holiday does not affect trash and recycling collections this week, which will occur as usual.

Planning Commission to Consider Quarterpath Revisions, CIP

The Planning Commission will meet Wednesday to consider minor changes to the master plan for Quarterpath at Williamsburg and to vote on the five-year Capital Improvement Program.

Riverside Healthcare Association, the developers of the future Quarterpath at Williamsburg, has requested minor revisions to its master plan approved in 2008. The most substantial change would reflect Riverside’s 2012 acquisition of Tutter’s Neck Pond, which will serve as the primary stormwater management facility for the project.

The plan must also be revised to include the new configuration of Battery Boulevard, which includes a roundabout near the new Doctors Hospital, reverse-angle parking and a village green. The configuration was approved by Planning Commission in August 2012. The edits would also adjust the locations for utilities and revise the proposed phasing plan.

In a memo to the commission, Planning Director Reed Nester said staff recommends the changes for approval with three conditions.

First, the final engineering design of the Tutter’s Neck Pond stormwater management facility must be approved by the City Engineer prior to any construction to the pond; approvals required by the state and federal governments must also be obtained.

Second, the developer will have to reassess the cumulative hydraulic and treatment performance of the development’s Stormwater Management System, considering development that’s occurred since the master plan was approved, before any site plan or subdivision development plan can be approved by the Planning Commission.

Finally, before approval of any site plan or subdivision plans, the city may require submittal of a traffic study.

The Planning Commission will also consider whether to recommend the five-year Capital Improvement Program to City Council for approval. At the commissioners’ direction, the Planning Department has drafted a letter addressing specific concerns they discussed at their Jan. 31 work session.

These include support of the proposed Stryker Center project; a push to consider new sidewalk projects; adding a portion of Second Street to the existing priority list for underground wiring; prioritizing the renovation and expansion of the Police Department after the Stryker Center; and discussing new off-street parking facilities near the Tribe Square area.

The commission meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stryker Building.

Council Approves Changes to WRHA

City Council approved several changes to the structure of the Williamsburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority at its Thursday meeting.

Council formally took over as the Board of Commissioners for the WRHA in October and discussed the changes at a work session on Feb. 11. The WRHA’s previous board asked council to assume leadership due to declining Housing and Urban Development funding and limited availability.

On Thursday, they approve a memorandum of understanding and employment agreement with the city, approval of amended bylaws to reflect the memorandum and the appointment of a permanent executive director.

The memorandum of understanding creates a public housing advisory committee and makes WRHA employees become city employees. The employees will manage and maintain the city’s public housing sites. The WRHA will reimburse the city for the employee’s salaries and benefits.

Management of the Triangle Building will be assigned to the Economic Development Office, and a new position will be created to support the effort.

Human Services Director Peter Walentisch was appointed permanent executive director for WRHA.