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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 

cost of $50,000 per item or combination of items, or a project and at intervals of more than five years. 

The CIP is not a legally binding document but rather a plan for future improvements to the town. Improvements listed must adhere to some or all the following guidelines; projects legally required by state or federal mandate, improvement of public health, safety and welfare, economic and fiscal impact. 

The projects must also coincide with the comprehensive plan and other policies and should have public support, coincide with other projects favorably, result in usable public improvement and be of good quality to last for years to come. 

Some of the projects being requested are as follows:

Fire Department: $175,000 over three years for the replacement of oxygen bottles and purchase and installation of traffic signal diverter to automatically change traffic signals as emergency vehicles approach an intersection. 

Police Department: $410,000 over five years to upgrade emergency communication/radio system and replace two aging police cars.

Rescue Squad: $244,000 over three years to replace life packs on ambulances, acquisition of a CPR machine and to replace ambulances. The goal is to replace one vehicle a year for three years at a cost of $50,000 each. 

Public Works: $9,518,782 over five years for a roll-off truck, new trash truck, replacement of water and sewer lines and other equipment. 

The majority of the money will be needed to maintain roads after July 1 when VDOT will turn maintenance over to the town. 

Colonial Beach will still receive funding from VDOT for maintenance but it is not clear how much at this time and the town is eligible for revenue sharing and rural addition funds if the town matches funding. Unlike in the past, this process will be run through the town and not Westmoreland County. 

VDOT has estimated that milling and re-coating of a road 33 feet wide will cost $41.70 per square foot. Paving of unpaved roads is estimated at $250 per linear foot. 

School Improvements: $35,700,000 over five years includes $700,000 for repairs/renovations, equipment and furnishings, computer/IT and transportation. $35,000,000 is allotted for a new school complex. Boarding and Zoning Director, Gary Mitchell, reported that the school has its own budget and CIP.

 

Article 1

After months of revisions and review, the planning commission held a public hearing to consider an amendment to Article 1 of the zoning ordinance and passed it to the council with a favorable recommendation. 

Article 1 has come before the planning commission several times. The amendment specifies that the zoning ordinance applies to all incorporated areas of the town and exempts certain public utilities and services from the requirements of the ordinance. 

The article requires that the minimum standards be used to promote public health, safety and general welfare and if any conflicts arise between the article and other local codes, the strictest code will preside. 

The article also specifies that permits and certificates to be set by the town council are required for development of property, however no permit can be issued for development if the property has delinquent real estate taxes. 

Notice: Joint meeting and public hearing canceled. 

An advertised, joint meeting and public hearing of Colonial Beach Town Council and Planning Commission has been canceled. The advertised meeting was scheduled for May 10 to address Ordinance 624, which amends the town code, Article 8. 

The amendment would raise the amount of outdoor display space. The current ordinance only allows five percent of the buildings square footage for outdoor display. 

 

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