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.