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Richmond Riverfront plan under attack?

November 26, 2012 9:30am

The James River Association has been on top of the Richmond Riverfront Plan throughout its development, providing due diligence on the details and acting as a watchdog. Tonight City Council votes on the final adoption of the plan, and the group has some serious concerns about last minute changes that would alter a couple of key aspects.

According to a JRA email blast this morning: A last minute amendment proposed by land developers would delay the draft plan beyond the December 3 deadline and send the plan back to the beginning of the plan approval process. The delay would mean that current funding to begin implementation of the plan would be lost. Additionally, the amendment proposes to change the language in the plan on two key land parcels – Mayo Island and the UST site – from the carefully negotiated language included in the already approved Downtown Master Plan and remove reference to public parkland on these two parcels that are critical to the overall Riverfront Plan.

If you value the vision the Riverfront Plan lays out, make your voice heard at tonight’s City Council meeting:

Richmond Riverfront Plan Public Hearing Information: Monday, November 26, 6:00PM

Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall

900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219

If you can’t make it to City Hall, see below for the contact information on your councilperson. Let them know that the James is an integral part of Richmond and that you support approval of the Riverfront Plan!

The Honorable Kathy C. Graziano Councilwoman,
Richmond City Council, Southwest 4th District

     Office:   (804)320-2454
Fax:  (804)320-6030
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson Councilwoman,
Richmond City Council, Gateway 6th District

     Office:   (804)646-7964
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Bruce W. Tyler Councilman,
Richmond City Council, West End 1st District

     Mobile:   (804)357-6007
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Charles R. Samuels Councilman,
Richmond City Council, North Central 2nd District

     Office:   (804)646-6532
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Christopher A. Hilbert Councilman,
Richmond City Council, Northside 3rd District

     Office:   (804)646-6055
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable E. Martin Jewell Councilman,
Richmond City Council, Central 5th District

     Office:   (804)646-5724
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille Councilwoman,
Richmond City Council, East End 7th District

     Office:   (804)646-3012
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Reva M. Trammell Councilwoman,
Richmond City Council, Southside 8th District

     Home:   (804)233-7382

Mobile:   (804)240-5050
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link

The Honorable Douglas G. Conner Jr. Councilman,
Richmond City Council, South Central 9th District

     Office:   (804)646-5497
Fax:  (804)646-5468
Email Address:  email link


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?