Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Jamestown Supervisor Jim Icenhour to Seek Re-Election

(Photo courtesy of Jim Icenhour)

Jamestown Supervisor Jim Icenhour is running for re-election in November to a four-year term on the James City County Board of Supervisors.

Icenhour was first elected to the board in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009. Until 2011, Icenhour represented the Powhatan District, but redistricting that year drew him into the Jamestown District. He could have served until November 2013 as the Powhatan supervisor, but chose to run for election in the Jamestown District, and won, during a special election last year.

“I think people who voted for me before recognize that I have a commitment to trying to deal with some of the problems that we have in the community. Most often the common thing I hear is there is a very clear understanding amongst a lot of the public that growth is a problem,” Icenhour said.

He said he came into his role on the board as the supervisor who wanted to slow down growth in the county.

“We had this superheated housing market and we were just approving things left and right and building things left and right … What I wanted to do was have a much more moderate rate of growth. That’s sort of gone by the wayside here with the recession,” he said.

Uniform proffers, or agreements between developers and local government, are another item of focus for Icenhour. He said there are proffers for various projects, but there are not across-the-board uniform proffers for development.

Commitment to meeting members of the Jamestown District has been a priority of Icenhour’s, and he said he plans on continuing to meet people through his Listening Tours. Last year he visited nearly 4,400 homes and personally met more than 2,000 voters, according to a news release. On the tours, Icenhour visits the homes of residents of the district, asking them what they want to see change or happen in the county.

The next round of tours is expected to begin after Easter and will run through the fall; Icenhour will start out visiting residents on weekends and, as the election draws closer, on week days.

The Jamestown Journal is a quarterly newsletter Icenhour puts out to let Jamestown District residents know about things going on in the county, specifically in their district. He said the publication is estimated to run in January, April, July and October. The newsletter can be viewed online and is sent via email to those who sign up to receive it.

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  1. Being truly objective requires identifying exactly what the objective is. Can you do that for us? I think not unless you are willing to state that the object for development is to increase the profits for those that are backing the particular party candidates. The game is clear here, candidates that offer a clear path to development regardless of the effects or candidates that wish to critically evaluate and mitigate development.

  2. A lot of stores and restaurants have closed up in the past year, no doubt more to follow. Is the Pottery going to make it? Looks like a ghost town. More customers at Au Bon Pain than at the whole Pottery.

  3. If you were being truly objective you would acknowledge the fact that Courthouse Commons saved Fresh Market and kept it in JCC along with its 100 plus jobs and hundreds of thousands in taxes each year.

    Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t, really can’t say that this is factual can you. Well, you can, have and will continue to do so, but that does not make it so.

  4. That’s a nice spread for Mr. Icehour. I hope you give as much space for his future opponent. He advertises as a fiscal conservative, but his actions haven’t matched his statements.

  5. If you were being truly objective you would acknowledge the fact that Courthouse Commons saved Fresh Market and kept it in JCC along with its 100 plus jobs and hundreds of thousands in taxes each year.

    Furthermore, the majority of businesses at Courthouse Commons are new to JCC including: Williamsburg Center for Dental Health, Courthouse Cleaners, Honey Bee Yogurt, Sticks, Great Clips, Imperial Olive, KingsMill Jewelers, Style By Design and London’s. Monarch Bank is also new to the market. That’s 11 out of 15 businesses that are new tax generating, job creating entities in JCC. Those few tenants that have actually relocated have grown their businesses substantially adding even more jobs and revenue.

    Icenhour’s vote against Courthouse Commons was purely political and a disservice to JCC citizens and taxpayers. Ahem..

  6. How many more mattress stores, fro-yo joints, banks, and nail parlors can this market support? Courthouse Commons has poached from Monticello Marketplace, Williamsburg Crossing, and Colony Square, among other strip centers we have in spades. McGlennon has our support for these and many other reasons, including integrity which seems to be a rare commodity these days. Ahem.

  7. Please ask Mr. Icenhour to tell the voters about his plans to borrow millions of dollars to buy even more land adjacent to Jamestown Campground.

  8. If growth is such as problem, why then has Mr. Icenhour voted to approve hundreds of new housing units in New Town and elsewhere and against revenue and job producing projects like Courthouse Commons?


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