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Frank T. Williams Farm Tract (Coastal Virginia Commerce Park)
At the November 14, 2018 Planning Commission Public Hearing, a report update was issued prior to the meeting along with the staff report. PLN-COMP-2018-002 (Williams Tract UEDO Comprehensive Plan Amendment), dated November 13, 2018, was recommended for approval by Planning Commission. This item will be heard by City Council on December 18, 2018.
The October 10, 2018 Planning Commission Public Hearing, PLN-COMP-2018-002 (Williams Tract UEDO Comprehensive Plan Amendment) was continued to the November 14, 2018 Public Hearing to allow for further discussion on proposed development criteria for the Williams Tract UEDO, including alternative non-residential land use designations.
On July 10, 2018, City Council approved an initiating resolution "directing the Planning Commission to consider and make recommendations concerning an amendment to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan to designate a portion of the Frank T. Williams Farm Property for commercial, industrial, or similar non-residential designation, such as light industry/logistics".
Previously, on November 15, 2016, City Council approved a resolution to designate 1,420 acres of the Frank T. Williams Farm Tract, known as the Coastal Virginia Commerce Park (Phase I), as a Unique Economic Development Opportunity (UEDO). As part of the resolution, City Council also directed the Planning Commission to consider and make recommendations concerning an amendment to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan to designate such property for commercial, industrial, or similar non-residential designation, such as light industrial/logistics. On January 11, 2017, Planning Commission recommended approval for a light industrial/logistics land use designation. The amendment was heard by City Council on February 21, 2017 and continued until August 15, 2017. The amendment was withdrawn by City Council on July 18, 2017.
Refer to the UEDO Policy, full report with comments, and the November 15, 2016 City Council resolution for more information. This map of the Williams Farm shows the portion declared a Unique Economic Development Opportunity area. The Williams Tract was approved by City Council to be a Transportation Corridor Overlay District (TCOD) Target Area on November 15, 2016.
The UEDO Policy is an element of the Moving Forward Chesapeake 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Designation as a Unique Economic Development Opportunity enables properties that meet certain conditions outlined in the UEDO Policy to be considered for unique economic development purposes. A site receiving this designation would be strategically promoted for economic development in Chesapeake.
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