Saturday, July 20, 2024

Williamsburg Notebook: Veterans Day Closures, State of City Address

The city is closing its offices Monday for Veteran’s Day. On Wednesday, the Planning Commission will consider amending zoning proffers from a condo building to a townhouse subdivision along Parkway Drive. On Thursday, the mayor will deliver his “State of the City” address.

City Closures for Veterans Day

City offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

The Quarterpath Recreation Center will be closed until 5 p.m., when it will open for evening activities. Waller Mill Park will be open its normal operating hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All military personnel are entitled to half-price boat rentals at Waller Mill in November for Military Appreciation Month.

The holiday does not affect garbage and recycling collections.

Planning Commission to Consider Townhouse Proffers

The Williamsburg Planning Commission will host a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stryker Building.

It will consider the request of Parkway Partners LLC to amend the zoning proffers for 222 Parkway Drive, property zoned Multifamily Dwelling District Conditional. The original proffers, approved in 2003, were for a 46-unit condominium building. Now, the partners are proposing proffers for a 30-lot townhouse subdivision.

The commissioners will consider four amendments to the zoning ordinance. One would amend the zoning ordinance to allow single helicopter landing and departure in the B-2, ED, ED-2 and MS districts, and repeated landings and departures of noncommercial helicopters for private use in all zoning districts with a special use permit. This change is mandated by the Code of Virginia.

Another amendment would update provisions for the demolition of buildings located in the Architectural Preservation District, clarifying that a building may be demolished without Architectural Review Board approval if it is determined to be a hazard by the code official. This is also mandated by the Code of Virginia.

A third Virginia Code-mandated change would amend the ordinance to extend the sunset date for approved land uses from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2017, and to stipulate that until then, cash proffers for residential developments are not collected until after completion and final inspection but before a certificate of occupancy is issued.

The final Code-mandated change would revise the voting procedures for the Board of Zoning Appeals to allow the applicant, in the case of a tie vote, to request that the matter be considered until the next meeting.

Finally, the board will consider expansion of the Midtown Parking District to add properties zoned for General Business that are located southeast of Bypass Road and New Hope Road. Hotels/motels will require one parking space per bedroom; all other businesses will have a requirement of one space for each 400 square feet of floor area.

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State of the City Event Scheduled for Thursday

Mayor Clyde Haulman will deliver his “State of the City” speech, with information about the newly adopted Goals, Initiatives and Outcomes, during a free event Thursday.

The event, which includes light refreshments, will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Williamsburg Community Building. It is free and open to the public.

Council Approves Addition for Spring Arbor

City Council approved a request from Spring Arbor to construct an addition to the right rear wing of its building, located at 935 Capitol Landing Road.

The addition will accommodate a maximum of 28 special care residents with dementia or early Alzheimer’s. The number of beds will not increase from the current number of 92; Spring Arbor plans to alternate the number of special care beds with assisted living patient beds on an as-needed basis.

SKYWARN Training Offered Nov. 28

Williamsburg is hosting Advanced SKYWARN Training on Nov. 28. The training will start at 6 p.m. at the Williamsburg Regional Library

SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers provide timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. The main responsibility of a SKYWARN spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms.

The ADVANCED SKYWARN class builds upon the principles taught in the BASIC SKYWARN class. The class covers more advanced weather radar and weather spotting topics and is intended for those who have already completed the basic SKYWARN class. The class is free of charge and lasts approximately two and a half hours, with all materials provided.

Residents interested in attending should contact Jim Tuttle, SKYWARN District 3 Manager, at or 757-229-7313.  Information about the SKYWARN program is available online.

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