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Street closings for this weekend's Jet Ski Races

To facilitate the Fifth Annual International Jet Ski Races July 18-20, Taylor Street from Wilder Ave...

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

On June 12, Commissioners, staff and guests gathered to unveil the new sign naming the Potomac River...

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum Curator Mitzi Saffos and Mayor Mike Ham both shake hands with Art Buswell while honoring h...

Chief Legg on Police Dispatch, “The move didn’t make it new!”

Colonial Beach Police Chief Elizabeth, “Libby” Legg is taking a second look at police dispatch throu...

$747,000 block grant awarded to CB

After only 4 meetings with Jerry Davis, Executive Director of the Northern Neck Planning District Co...

CB ‘Save the Bay’ clean-up draws crowd

CB ‘Save the Bay’ clean-up draws crowd

The 3rd Annual Save the Bay Day clean-up in Colonial Beach drew a crowd of volunteers to the Colonia...

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Planning Commission forges ahead despite lack of new floodplain maps

The Colonial Beach Planning Commission has conducted its organizational meeting, electing Maureen Holt to continue to act as chairperson for another year and selecting Robin Schick as vice chair. The commission also welcomed new members Maureen McCabe and Robert Busick.

Read more: Planning Commission forges ahead despite lack of new floodplain maps

Short-handed Planning Commission addresses zoning, public hearing

The Colonial Beach Planning Commission has seven seats. However, with recent commissioners exiting to move on to other endeavors, and commissioners Margaret McMullin and David Coombes choosing not to renew their terms after expiration, the commission is down to four sitting members.

Read more: Short-handed Planning Commission addresses zoning, public hearing

Discussion on adult- themed businesses causes some blushing

The Colonial Beach Planning Commission members had a blushing conversation while debating the issue of prohibiting adult bookstores and other adult theme-related services at the September planning commission meeting.

Read more: Discussion on adult- themed businesses causes some blushing

Commissioners discuss safety of drinking water

During last month’s Planning Commission meeting some commissioners voiced opposition concerning implementing a Well-Head Protection Overlay District in Colonial Beach. To answer questions about the program, the commission requested Barry Matthews from the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water, give a presentation during the March meeting.

Read more: Commissioners discuss safety of drinking water

CB Planners get to look at Eleanor Park future use

After hearing a wide variety of ideas, concerns and requests not to sell Eleanor Trailer Park the  Colonial Beach Town Council moved to refer the matter to the Planning Commission for study, review and direction on what to do with the property. 

The Colonial Beach Town Council had asked for open public comment concerning what to do with Eleanor Trailer Park located near the end of the point in Colonial Beach Virginia at the October Town Council meeting.  During the meeting there were mixed comments from speakers but most seemed to have misunderstood the purpose of the meeting and assumed the council would vote directly after public comment on whether or not to sell the park even though a vote was not listed on the agenda. 

Read more: CB Planners get to look at Eleanor Park future use

Planning Commission reviews Article 7

 

Discussions concerning changes to Article 7 of the Building and Zoning Code sparked questions regarding the validity of the conditional use permit for The Potomac Renaissance Condos  which are located at 100 Taylor St.

The subject came up at the September Colonial Beach Planning Commission meeting after Gary Mitchell, Director of Building and Zoning, presented changes to Article 7, Resort Commercial (RC) District, of the zoning ordinances. Mitchell requested the planning commission discuss the changes and approve advertising for a public hearing. 

The Resort Commercial District is the section of land that is just inside of Boundry St. to Colonial Ave. and Washington Ave. to the Potomac River.

Read more: Planning Commission reviews Article 7

Planning Commission approves CIP and zoning ordinance amendment

Capital Improvement Plan

The planning commission performed their annual review of the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and sent a favorable recommendation to the council.

The council will review the five-year plan totaling almost 23 million dollars for town improvements and another 35.7 million for the school system.

Capital project or items are defined in the Virginia code as buildings, construction, studies, equipment, materials, renovations and maintenance or replacement items at a 

Read more: Planning Commission approves CIP and zoning ordinance amendment

Colonial Beach awarded Safe Routes To School Grant

Good news just keeps coming in for Director of Building and Zoning, Gary Mitchell. In late January Mitchell got word that a $10,000 planning grant to study and prepare a redevelopment plan for town owned property was awarded by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).

But this news was overshadowed on Feb. 6 when the Virginia Department of Transportation awarded the town with a $482,053 grant to fund the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Project.

The project will provide sidewalk installation and/or repair along Douglas Avenue, Wilder Avenue

Read more: Colonial Beach awarded Safe Routes To School Grant

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