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Williamsburg City Council met at the new sports complex and more


(Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG – This month’s Williamsburg city council meeting consisted of major public hearings that included the city stepping forward with the regional sports complex, medical marijuana dispensaries and a colonial expansion of Williamsburg.

Recreation Facilities Authority

City council voted unanimously in favor of resolution 21-28: a concurrent resolution with the counties of James City and York to form the Historic Triangle Recreation Authority. This is considered a formal step as all three localities have to go through the same step before future works.

James City County had previously voted to pass their resolution at their November 9, 2021 meeting. York County will vote on its resolution later this month, but it is expected to vote in favor of it as well. the resolution.

The resolution establishes a board of directors called the Recreational Facilities Authority. As discussed at the November 10 meeting, there are six members who will be elected to the Regional Facilities Authority and the group will consist of two members from each locality. The member who will make the appointment to the board of directors will be the appointed chief official.

“We have been working on this since 2014 as a region. It wasn’t until our city council and our tourism grant process generated funds to pay for half the construction of the facility that it really started to move forward in earnest, ”City Manager Andrew Trivette told the November 10 from the city of Williamsburg. Board meeting. “A regional working group has been formed to review the locations as well as a programming plan for the facility. This group examined several sites in the city and ultimately decided that the best site was the Colonial Welcome Center in Williamsburg. At the same time, the directors of parks and recreation in the three localities worked on a programming plan to meet the needs of the community. Once this was planned, we entrusted it to the consultant who was hired to determine the competitiveness of the market and the attractiveness of such a facility as well as the economic impact. This produced a sort of final version of the programming plan that represented both the needs of the community as well as what we would need to attract sports tourism to the facility.

If York County passes its resolution, the next step would be for all localities to nominate members to the council so that the authority can begin organizing its meetings. These meetings are where all of the organizational work will be done.

Medical cannabis distributors

The counted city voted unanimously in favor of the examination and the approval of the PCR n ° 21-010: amendment to the text of zoning to modify the article III. District Regulations, Division 10.1 Economic Development District ED *, Section 21-362 to license medical cannabis dispensaries licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This was a request to amend a zoning ordinance to authorize Commonwealth of Virginia licensed medical dispensaries under the Virginia Code in the Economic Development District (ED) and to amend additional regulations of the district to handle the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products. or extracts.

The city ordinance code was written that if it is not listed in the ordinance, it is not allowed. This is why the city council voted to amend the code to deal with the retail sale of cannabis and other cannabis products.

The emergency department contains Riverside Hospital, an apartment complex and multi-family homes.

Prior to the vote, it was recommended that these medical dispensaries be located near hospitals since cannabis is classified as medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis products. This means that clients and users of dispensaries are required to have a medical prescription before purchasing cannabis. City council has made it clear that this zoning change does not include the retail sale of recreational cannabis within city limits.

There are currently four medical dispensary licenses issued by the state of Virginia. Any medical dispensaries that would be found in the city must be licensed by the state and must follow all state regulations.

Williamsburg Colonial Expansion

City Council voted unanimously to review and approve PCR # 21-015: A Request of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to rezone approximately 1.86 acres of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area (CW) to Museum Support (MS) at 400 South Nassau Street. This included PCR # 21-016: a request from the CW for a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the Downtown Parking District for the construction of the Colin G & Nancy N. Campbell Archaeological Center at 400, South Nassau Street.

The proposed rezoning will include a portion of the northern lot, 202 West Francis Street, which will be combined with the property at 400 South Nassau Street.

The proposed expansion project should showcase a large part of the Foundation’s archaeological collection. The CAC will also have a space for processing museum-quality climate control artefacts, laboratories for the acquisition and analysis of artefacts, documentation laboratories as well as a research office and a storage space. meeting.

In addition, the design of the proposed archeology center includes guest arrival services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways leading to public washrooms.

CW has a five-year plan to create new land in the Botetourt / Lafayette Street neighborhood to provide 469 additional parking spaces for guests and visitors.

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