Midlothian Special Area Plan Update
A Midlothian Community Special Area Plan community design workshop was held in October focused on future land use and design/development standards. County staff presented a brief presentation followed by small-group discussion focused on what residents want to see related to future land use and design standards in Midlothian. Midlothian Supervisor Leslie Haley and Midlothian Planning Commissioner Peppy Jones were in attendance to hear from residents and business owners.
Midlothian Supervisor Leslie Haley listens to residents at an October community design workshop focused on the Midlothian Community Special Area Plan.
Tacky Light Run
The CarMax Tacky Light Run is a 6k, holiday-themed fun run on Saturday, Dec. 10. It will start and finish in Mid-Lothian Mines Park, with participants looping through the adjoining Walton Park neighborhood to see some of the most festive homes in the community. Don’t miss out on this one-of-kind event, register today!
Last year’s CarMax Tacky Light Run was a huge success with more than 4,500 participants.
Burger Bach Opens
The local burger joint, Burger Bach, originally started in Carytown, has a new location in Midlothian. Best known for its grass-fed New Zealand beef burgers and raw oyster bar, Burger Bach is now open for dinner and will eventually be open for lunch. It is located right off Midlothian Turnpike just up the street from Wegmans at 101 Heaths Way Road. The 3,200-square-foot restaurant is the fifth location in Virginia and North Carolina.
Chesterfield County released its annual report based on fiscal year 2016. This report is not your average annual report. It’s interactive, engaging and full of information. It includes short videos and links to some of the departments that contribute to Chesterfield County being an outstanding place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Revitalizing Chesterfield: Bringing New Life to Older Communities
The Board of Supervisors has made revitalization and preservation of our community a priority. Every community has a life cycle. Neighborhoods and businesses mature, and we must find ways to help them adapt to today’s standards. In this short video, hear from the county’s Revitalization Office, which oversees revitalization efforts throughout the county.
The Chesterfield County Police Department and Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Program are partnering to bring Gone 4 Good Shred and eWaste Tech Systems to Chesterfield Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. All paper items will be shredded for free – residents can bring up to 3 paper grocery bags full, or up to two small boxes (10 inches by 13 inches by 18 inches). Computers, laptops, flat screen televisions, CDs, DVDs, stereos, cell phones and chargers will be recycled for free. CRT televisions and computer monitors less than 27 inches will cost $10 to recycle; if those items are 27 inches or larger, a fee of $20 will apply. For more information, call 804-751-2227.
Parade of Lights
The 24th annual James River Parade of Lights, presented by the James River Advisory Council, takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Spectators can view the parade at Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park. This free event also features other entertainment at viewing sites. For more information, visit JRAC.
County Among Nation’s Top 3 Percent of Fire Protection Systems
Chesterfield County’s fire protection system now ranks among the top 3 percent nationwide following a recent evaluation by the Insurance Services Office. The Public Protection Classification rating assigned by the ISO, improved from a Class 3/9 to a Class 2/2Y. The county’s fire protection system previously ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent. The new rating will take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, and could mean potentially lower insurance costs for property owners. Read the full news release.
Kroger at Ivymont Grand Reopening
Kroger recently held a grand-reopening at its story in the Ivymont Square Shopping Center in the village of Midlothian. The 19,700-square-foot expansion enlarged the store to 106,000 square feet. Kroger invested $14.8 million in the facility and added 70 jobs at the location.
Midlothian District Supervisor Leslie Haley thanks Kroger for its investment and new jobs, and helps cut the ribbon during the stores grand reopening.
New Lobby Opens in County Administration Building
On Sept. 12, the newly renovated lobby of the Chesterfield County Administration Building officially opened, with the Information Desk moving to its new permanent location, and the Treasurer’s Office moving to its temporary location in the lobby. This new entrance is now the primary entrance for visitors. Additionally, renovations have begun to update and improve the Treasurer’s Office, which will move back to its permanent home on the first floor in early 2017.
The renovated lobby opened to the public on Sept. 12.
County Awarded Governor’s Technology Award
The annual Governor’s Technology Awards were presented to honorees in nine categories at a special ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in Richmond on Sept. 7. Chesterfield County was the recipient of the award for Innovative Use of Open Data for the Geospace Open Data Portal. Geospace and Open Geospace was developed by the county’s Information Systems Technology Department.