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City Attorney Responds to Legal Questions About Larus Park Land Deal

Andy Thompson

July 13, 2017 10:27am

The Times-Dispatch’s Vanessa Remmers has an update today on a story we posted about last month. Chesterfield County is proposing to lease a portion — about 1.26 acres — of Larus Park, a Richmond park near the intersection of Huguenot and Buford roads, to build a water pumping station that would increase the county’s water supply. Chesterfield’s Board of Supervisors has already approved the project. It is scheduled to go before Richmond’s land-use committee Tuesday at 1 p.m.

A stream in Richmond’s Larus Park. Credit: Leonard Adkins

Some residents near the park oppose the plan on legal grounds, arguing, writes Remmers, that “city code states in part that Larus Park cannot be leased for anything that would result in development of the public parkland…Opponents have also questioned whether the deed that transferred the land to the city allowed for such a proposal.”

City attorney Allen Jackson responded to those questions in an opinion to City Council members. Click here to read the T-D piece.

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?