Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Here’s what’s on tap at Thursday’s City Council meeting

Colonial Williamsburg's proposed outdoor event venue will be on the property adjacent to a parking lot on Visitor Center Drive. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
Colonial Williamsburg’s proposed outdoor event venue will be on the property adjacent to a parking lot on Visitor Center Drive. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

From a proposal for an outdoor event venue near Colonial Williamsburg’s visitor center, to an interim agreement with the contractor who will redesign Monticello Avenue near Midtown Row, the Williamsburg City Council agenda looks busy Thursday.

City Council will gather at 2 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.

Council is scheduled to have six public hearings, as well as vote on four resolutions, four ordinances and two other agenda items.

The full agenda and associated documents can be found on the City Council agenda website, but here are some highlights:

Colonial Williamsburg proposes outdoor venue

City Council will host two public hearings on a request from Colonial Williamsburg to allow outdoor special events in the Museum Support District.

One public hearing focuses on allowing outdoor special events in the Museum Support District, while the second is for the proposed venue’s special use permit.

The item is up for consideration and approval by City Council Thursday, according to the agenda.

The amendment to a city ordinance would allow Colonial Williamsburg to build an outdoor event venue with room for 5,000 guests near its visitor center.

If approved, the venue could be used for live events such as concerts, movie nights, lectures and festivals. It would be comprised of temporary installations which would be taken down after events.

The city’s Planning Commission recommended approval of the special use permit for the venue at their Oct. 17 meeting.

Redesign of Monticello

Interim City Manager Andrew Trivette is requesting City Council’s authorization to execute an interim agreement with Henderson Inc. for the redesign and construction of Monticello Avenue, from Richmond Road to Treyburn Drive.

City Council is scheduled to either give or deny permission Thursday.

The project is part of the Midtown Row redevelopment of the Monticello Shopping Center.

The road work will include right-of-way widening, the installation of parking, landscaping, and the addition of a multipurpose trail, cycle track, new signalization, sidewalks, street lights and pedestrian safety measures, agenda documents show.

The interim agreement would allow Henderson to do design work for the project without implementing a full comprehensive agreement for the whole project.

The interim agreement was deemed the best way to proceed because of “some uncertainty with utilities and certain aspects of the design,” according to agenda documents.

Also on the agenda

Other public hearings:

  • Increasing the misdemeanor zoning violation fine from $1,000 to $2,000, as well as increasing the fine from $1,500 to $2,000 for maximum fine for failure to remove or abate the zoning violation after conviction (Council also scheduled to vote on the issue)
  • Considering appointments or reappointments to the WJCC School Board
  • Changing the text of the zoning ordinance to define “solar energy system” (Council also scheduled to vote on the issue)
  • Allowing St. Bede Catholic Church to construct two additions for handicap-accessible restrooms (Council also scheduled to vote on the issue)


  • Monthly financial statement
  • Monthly departmental operating costs
  • City manager’s report
  • City attorney’s report

To view the full agenda and associated documents, visit the City of Williamsburg website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

Related Articles