Improve Your Community
The Department of Community Enhancement connects the county and our community partners to achieve effective revitalization. Older communities and commercial areas face normal challenges that come with age. These areas need continued maintenance and reinvestment. Revitalization helps maintain the vitality and high quality of life of our older communities countywide.
- Current Revitalization Initiatives
- Strengthen Your Community
- Great Ideas
- Better Development
- Attend the Empowering Neighborhoods Forum
- Attend the Government Citizens Academy
- Attend the Police Community Academy
- Be the Good Neighbor
- Create and maintain a successful community organization
- Fight litter
- Join or start a neighborhood watch group
- Serve on a County board or commission
- Stay informed about our County
- Best Practices to Bring New Life to Your Neighborhood Association (PDF)
- Community Information - Information about county demographic, residential, economic and business trends
- Community Revitalization Toolkit - Create and maintain successful community organizations
- Crime Prevention - Neighborhood and business watch programs; crime prevention education
- Fight Litter - Litter collection, education and volunteer opportunities
- Home Modernization Guide - Bring new life to your older home
- Report a Building Code Violation - How to file a complaint for building code violations
- Report a Property Maintenance or Zoning Code Violation - Online complaint form for property maintenance code violations
- Small Business Assistance - Economic Development programs and services
- Streetlight Installation in Existing Neighborhoods (PDF)
- Planning for Revitalization: Community Enhancement staff participate in the Comprehensive Plan and Special Area Plan process, particular focusing on strategies and initiatives to help bring new life to aging communities countywide.
- Zoning Review: Community Enhancement staff participate in the zoning application review process, to encourage new development and redevelopment that represents a significant improvement in areas needing revitalization.
- Site Selection: Community Enhancement staff participate in the site selection review process for new and renovated county public facilities, such as schools, fire stations, and libraries. This review seeks to promote reinvestment in aging communities.
Estimate Your Benefit
Actual savings will be based on the increased assessed value of the improvement, and will be field verified by the Real Estate Assessor after construction is completed.
Community Enhancement Joins Ironbridge Baptist Church in Celebrating National Night Out
On August 6, 2019, the "Be a Good Neighbor" mobile unit educated citizens on the importance of being a good neighbor. The event gave the citizens an opportunity to share issues that were affecting their neighborhood. Nick Yoss, Summer Benton, Kathy Wilhelm and Pam Cooper shared resources to help resolve some of the neighborhood issues and challenged them to get to know their neighbors, lend a helping hand, get involved and take pride in the community.
“Mike” the talking mailbox welcomed guests and displayed curb appeal. “Tim” the talking frog trashcan taught the children to be environmental stewards and made them feel like neighborhood super-heroes. Citizens enjoyed the educational tips, music and giveaways.
Community Enhancement looks forward to celebrating National Night Out in 2020.
Arbor Day Tree Planting
The planting project at LaPrade Library on Saturday, April 27th, was in celebration of Arbor Day (April 26). Clover Hill district improvement funds covered the purchase and delivery costs of six large Yoshino Cherry trees and planting supplies from Crosscreek Nursery (a local nursery in the Clover Hill district). Community volunteers joined Mr. Winslow and staff from county Parks and Recreation, Libraries, and Community Enhancement, to beautify the front landscape area of the library. We enjoyed perfect weather and ideal planting conditions. Parks and Recreation staff taught members of Cub Scout Pack 836 how to plant large trees from planter pots, and gave them hands-on experience in helping all aspects of planting the six trees. Afterwards, we enjoyed a reception with refreshments donated by Friends of the Library. This project illustrates the power of teamwork and the beautiful results of getting our hands dirty to enhance our community.
Photos of this event are courtesy of Jennifer Shipley from the Libraries (thanks, Jennifer!).
Courthouse Road Median Tree Planting
In November, the Chesterfield County Department of Community Enhancement worked with The Greater Richmond ARC and Cross Creek Nursery on two separate projects to plant 48 Yoshino Cherry and Vitex trees along the medians on Courthouse Road. These new trees were planted in six different median locations between Rockwood Park and Stonehenge subdivision, adding to the beautification of this major community corridor.