7.24.2017 City Council Meeting


Loooots of continuances and consent agenda stuff. Notable continuances include: changes to the process of accepting bids in the event of an unsolicited bid on city-owned real estate, sale of water to Chesterfield County, listing surplus properties online, expressing dissent for the federal budget, and the real estate school funding plan (aka Roanoke 40). I know, I can feel your disappointment. But don't worry, the consent agenda is still packed with some super fun items! RVA Council will vote on: changes to severance pay for city employees, special use permit for 3200 W Broad (purchased by BHC in 2016, there is now a lawsuit alleging they stole the idea and plans), Stone Brewing tax situation, Council supports House Bill 922 and Senate Bill 1156, Council supports the Regional Plan for School Readiness 2017-2020, DPU to present a 10-year plan to eliminate the payment in lieu of tax (during the RVA Mayor campaign, this was identified as a 'fake tax' by Morrissey's law partner Goldman) , and Council to support the education compact.  But wait, there is more! There are three items on the regular agenda this time. Of interest may be the proposal to change the city code to extend the ruling on outdoor storage of used tires to all tires. 

Important Information

4pm - Informal Meeting

6pm - Formal Meeting

CIty Hall, 900 E Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers

Antenna Ch. 57, Cable Ch. 24

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Board Appointments and Reappointments

  • Advisory Task Force for the Economic Revitalization of South Richmond- William Harden Carter, Andrew Clark, Andrew Gould, John Gregory, Brian Jackson, Lory Markham, Dr. Ivan Suen, Bruce Tyler, Earnest White
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board- Brian Jackson
  • Advisory Board of Recreation and Parks- Elaine Summerfield and Dr. Tia Redd
  • Aging and Disabilities Advisory Board- Gabriel Bibb
  • Richmond Behavioral Health Advisory- Lawrence Everette, Malesia Taylor, Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook
  • Board of Building Code Appeals, Electrical Division- Noah Ford, Jeffon Neal
  • Board of Building Coad Appeals, Plumbing and Mechanical Division- George Brock, Francis Boehling, Anson Bell, Justin White
  • Board of Fire Appeals- Charles Ellis
  • Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee- Todd Phillips
  • Clean City Commission- Jeanne Boisineau
  • Commission of Architectural Review- Neville Johnson Jr.

Citizen Speakers List

  • L. Shirley Harvey- State of the City
  • Bishop Charles Arthur West- Ways to reduce illegal guns and violence in the city
  • Bishop George Robinson- Conditions of the streets, sidewalks, and trees


Consent Continuances

  • ORD 2016-264- continued to September 25th
    • Establish residential parking permit district in Carver neighborhood
  • ORD 2017-008- continued to October 9th
    • uthorize CAO to execute project agreement with VDOT to provide funding for 1st and 2nd Street Buffered Bike Lanes project
  • ORD 2017-030- continued to September 25th
    • To erect all-way stop signs at Avondale and Teakwood Ave intersections
  • ORD 2017-069- continued to September 25th
    • Amend city code to provide a process to accept bids prior to accepting an unsolicited offer to purchase City-owned real estate
  • ORD 2017-087- continued to September 25th
    • Sale of additional water to Chesterfield County and construction, operation, and maintenance of new water capacity facilities by Chesterfield on a portion of Lewis G. Larus Park on West Huguenot Road
  • ORD 2017-088continued to September 25th
    • Repeal ordinance that declared 120 Shockoe Slip, 1331 A East Canal Street, and air rights as surplus and directed the sale to Martin Agency for $916,000
  • ORD 2017-135- continued to September 25th
    • Adding a section to city code requiring a list of all city-owned real estate to be publish on the city's website
  • ORD 2017-R033- continued to September 25th
    • Conduct a review of the City's program of the collection and disposal of bulk items and solid waste by an independent third party
  • ORD 2017-R034continued to September 25th
    • Opposition to proposed Budget of the United States Government
  • ORD 2017-R035- continued to September 25th
    • Request an inventory of all parcels of city-owned real estate to identify surplus and underutilized parcels

Regular Agenda Continuances

  • ORD 2016-140- continued to September 25th
    • Amend city code by adding a new section to designate certain revenues from real estate taxes for purpose of funding operation of public schools


Consent Agenda

  • ORD 2017-071- revising city severance pay provisions for classified and unclassified employees including senior executive empployee
  • ORD 2017-123- Update Division of Emergency Communications functions to include control and management of all communication towers owned by the City to allow them to enter into formal agreements with those who use the equipment
  • ORD 2017-124- Authorize Cellco Partnership (aka Verizon Wireless) to encroach on City's rights of way with a cell antennae mounted on several designated utility poles
  •  ORD 2017-125- Conditionally rezone 2213 East Granklin Street from M1 Light Industrial District and B-5C Central Business District
  • ORD 2017-126- Authorize special use of property at 1717 East Canal Street to allow a building to exceed the applicable height restrictions
  • ORD 2017-127- Amend Master Plan to incorporate Pulse Corridor Plan into the Master Plan
  • ORD 2017-128- Declare a public necessity exists to acquire 2113 Warwick Ave at a tax delinquent judicial sale for the purpose of implementing a stormwater best management practice on the property and permanently maintaining the property 
  • ORD 2017-130- Authorize special use at 2515 East Main Street to allow building to exceed applicable height restrictions
  • ORD 2017-131- Authorize special use of 2901 Monument Ave for three single-family attached dwellings
  • ORD 2017-132- Authorize special use of 3200 West Broad Street for mixed-use development with up to 210 dwelling units, commercial space, and up to 325 structured parking spaces
  • ORD 2017-133- Authorize special use of 932 West Franklin Street for a dwelling unit
  • ORD 2017-134- Amend city code to add a new fee concerning co-location of small wireless cell facilities on existing structures to reflect amendments to state law
  • ORD 2017-136- Authorize CAO to accept $1,982,866.40 from VA Dept. of Social Services, transfer matching funds of $671,857.01 to Office of Community Wealth Building, create a new special fund entitled TANF RVA GPS, and to appropriate the total amount of $2,654,723.41 for purpose of hiring program personnel for and providing training, work experiences, structured workshops, and supportive services to participants in the RVA Guiding People to Success program
  • ORD 2017-137- Modify the composition and duration of the Advisory Task Force for the Economic Revitalization of South Richmond
  • ORD 2017-138- Increase anticipated revenues from real estate taxes and the amount appropriated to Stone Brewing Company line item by $111,840 for purpose of enabling Economic Development Authority to make a Real Estate Grant to Stone Brewing 
  • ORD 2017-139- Authorize CAO to submit a Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan to HUD as an application for the receipt of Community Development Block Grant funds, HOME Investment Partnership funds, Emergency Solutions Grant funds, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS in the amount of $6,405,321.00 and appropriate $7,148,848 (combo of accepted funds, CDBG prior year surplus, CDBG program income funds, HOME prior year surplus funds, and HOME rental rehab program income funds) for various projects
  • RES 2017-R023- Change city zoning ordinance to prohibit use of commercial flags and restrict use of building mounted banners
  • RES 2017-R029- Change city zoning ordinance to make Office of City Clerk responsible for mailing notices of public hearings
  • RES 2017-R036- Impose enhanced speeding penalties on Hathaway Road between Dequoyah Road and Wollowa Road and on Longview Drive between Wallowa Road and Scottview Drive
  • RES 2017-R037- Impose enhanced speeding penalties on Westower Drive between Forest Hill Ave and Blakemore Road
  • RES 2017-R038- Express Council's support for House Bill 922 and Senate Bill 1156 currently pending in Congress
  • RES 2017-R039- Express Council's support for the Regional Plan for School Readiness 2017-2020
  • RES 2017-R044- Approve Mayor's appointment of Barrett Hardiman as a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • RES 2017-R045- Adopt City of Richmond's Emergency Operations Plan
  • RES 2017-R046- Declare 816 Riverside Park as surplus and dispose of the property at public auction with certain development requirements
  • RES 2017-R047- Change the composition of the Commission of Architectural Review to remove the requirement that one member will be appointed from a list of nominations submitted by the Better Housing Coalition and add the requirement that at least one member shall be a resident of a historic district
  • RES 2017-R048- Approve RMTA's bond refunding
  • RES 2017-R049- Request Department of Public Utilities to prepare and submit a plan to phase out Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) from DPU over a 10 year period
  • RES 2017-R050- To express Council's support for the "first stage" of an "education compact"
  • RES 2017-R051- Amend resolution designating which council members shall serve on Council's Standing Committees to designate regular and alternate members of the Advisory Task Force for the Economic Revitalization of South Richmond

Regular Agenda

  • ORD 2017-081- Amend city code to extend the prohibition against the outside storage of used tires to all tires
  • ORD 2017-117- Provide for the granting by the city to the person, firm, or corporation access to certain property in Monroe Park for the construction, maintenance, and operation of power transmission and distribution lines in accordance with the Right of Way Agreement
  • ORD 2017-129- Authorize special use of 1704 Arlington Road for the purpose of an illuminated canopy with canopy signage