The Centerville Small Area Plan has been scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room (Room 250) of the Goochland County Administration Building located at 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Goochland, VA 23063.
This is a change in the anticipated process for consideration of the Small Area Plan. On August 7, 2023, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors deferred consideration of the Plan, acknowledging that there were still many citizens who felt that they needed additional time and engagement in the small area plan process. At that time, the Board directed staff to prepare a process for additional citizen input to be taken through the county website and it was announced that the Board would hold a work session on the Small Area Plan on October 24, 2023.
The period for additional citizen input closed on Friday, September 15. The sheer volume of amendments proposed (225 forms submitted with 632 proposed amendments) and the overwhelmingly negative feedback represented by those amendments and comments has caused the county to change the previously identified process.
In response to that feedback, county staff has been directed to cancel the planned October 24 work session and schedule a public hearing on the proposed Centerville Small Area Plan at the earliest possible date, which is Wednesday, October 4, 2023.
Charlie Vaughters, Vice Chair of the Board and District 4 representative, where Centerville is located, said “It has become clear that my constituents do not want a Plan like this in place at this time. This past month’s amendment and comment process after the Board of Supervisor’s deferral of the plan in August has brought to light numerous concerns from residents in District 4 and from across Goochland County. Accordingly, eliminating the planned October work session and moving up the public hearing and vote on the Plan to as soon as possible will be responsive to the citizens’ concerns.”
County staff are thankful for the overall engagement from the Goochland community on the Centerville Small Area Plan process and the input shared, all of which will be preserved as staff moves on to focus on other identified Board and community priorities.