Since 1990, the County has undertaken redevelopment and revitalization activities for several of its older commercial corridors and districts including, Lakeside Avenue, Highland Springs, Nine Mile Road, Sandston, and Brook Road. The County has also assisted with several privately initiated revitalization efforts including the redevelopment of Crestview and the Suburban Apartments, Rocketts Landing and the Reynolds Metals site on West Broad Street.
Efforts to stabilize the County’s older residential neighborhoods began over ten years ago with the creation of the Community Maintenance Program. Recognizing the need to promote redevelopment of older commercial areas and to stabilize and enhance older neighborhoods, several recent planning studies including the Critical Issues Team Report and the County’s Comprehensive Revitalization Strategy, recognized the need to create a new agency to focus on the needs of older residential and commercial communities, and to coordinate the County’s revitalization efforts.
The Department of Community Revitalization was created by the Board of Supervisors in May of 2004.
PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATION
The Department of Community Revitalization consists of two divisions, the Division of Community Development and the Division of Community Maintenance.
The Division of Community Development is responsible for planning and managing the Commercial Assistance Program, the Enterprise Zone Program, the Design Assistance Program, the Commercial/Industrial Improvement Grant Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program, and the HOME Program. The Division of Community Development also prepares commercial revitalization plans for various older commercial areas in the County, serves as a resource on housing and community development issues and undertakes special redevelopment projects.
The Division of Community Maintenance is responsible for enforcing the zoning ordinance and other code sections which relate to the condition and maintenance of privately owned residential and commercial properties. These include tall grass and weeds, trash and debris, rodent control, inoperable motor vehicles and others.The Division also seeks to identify resources and volunteer services for homeowners in need of assistance to maintain their homes. The Community Maintenance Division also provides information and technical assistance to citizens and neighborhood groups interested in undertaking efforts to improve their community.