Greene Co. Planning Commission Holds 2022 Officer Election | News

The Greene County Planning Commission elected a new slate of officers for 2022 on January 19. Ron Williams was elected chairman; Michael Traber, Vice President; and Cristy Snead, secretary. Williams, who was attending the meeting via Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic, announced appointments to various councils to include John McCloskey appointed to Stanardsville City Council, Traber to the Economic Development Authority and new council member Angela Hawkins to the Ruckersville Advisory Board.

The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2022-23 has been reviewed for presentation to the Supervisory Board later this month. Capital improvements include improving facilities or purchasing equipment for emergency services (eg generators, training facilities, ambulances); maintenance of library facilities (carpet replacement) and parking lots; maintenance of stairs and windows at the Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Department; kitchen updates at Ruckersville Elementary School; roofing at county landfill; and more. Plan details are available at greenecountyva.gov/government/depts/planning-zoning/planning-commission.

“The purpose of a CIP is to help plan and coordinate infrastructure and transportation investments in community facilities,” said Jim Frydl, director of planning and zoning administrator. “If you haven’t listed them, discovered them and thought about them, there’s no way to plan for the future. And let’s be honest, Greene County – like many small communities – hasn’t done a very good job of that as we’ve tried to catch up with the rapid expansion we’ve had in housing and all the associated costs . It’s all been a response to what’s happening to us, and IPC gives us time to slow down, look ahead, and start planning for those needs.

Once the commission has established the CIP, the BOS is responsible for selecting priorities and earmarking funds for the most urgent needs.

One element of the CIP that sparked discussion was the need for a second elementary school in Ruckersville. The current school is already overcapacity, and with many new housing developments in the county’s designated growth area, a new school will be needed to accommodate all of the children moving to the county in the coming years.

Planning for February’s agenda includes a presentation to the BOS at a public hearing on the Special Use Permit (SUP) for a proposed glamping retreat off Mutton Hollow Road in Stanardsville. Although the commission recommended denial by a 3-2 vote last month (with many members of the public in attendance), supervisors have the final say. The public hearing will take place before the BOS on February 22.

The next planning commission meeting is scheduled for February 16 at 7 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 40 Celt Road in Stanardsville.

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