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Public Design Charrette

Project Status: Study



WHAT IS A CHARRETTE? A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.  It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers.  The county is currently conducting a charrette for the Short Pump Town Center area.  To learn more about that project visit the Short Pump Town Center Virtual Design Charrette webpage

WHAT IS THE STUDY AREA? Four areas have been studied so far.  The first area includes the business properties generally within ½-mile of the intersection of Parham Road and West Broad Street.  The second is the Brookfield Office Park and adjacent residential properties generally bounded by West Broad Street, Dickens Road, Bethlehem Road, and Interstate 64.  The third is Williamsburg Road between S. Laburnum Avenue and Airport Drive . Finally, Virginia Center Commons area was evaluated.   Links to maps of the study areas are provided below.


Charette Kick-Off and Hands-On Design Session
Meeting to discuss process and gain initial feedback from stakeholders, including property owners and adjacent residents, participated in the kick-off session.

Open Design Studio
Multiple meetings with county agencies, property owners, and other stakeholders were held throughout the week at the design studio.

Work-In-Progress Presentation
Stakeholders, along with county staff, heard the design consultant present their preliminary findings.

WHAT WERE THE RESULTS OF THE CHARRETTES?  The county’s design consultant presented draft regulating plans, street hierarchies, illustrative plans, and design concepts for each study area.  Copies of the draft plans are available by following the links below.  These plans are initial drafts for illustrative purposes and will be refined as they are reviewed by staff and the community. 

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?  Based on the feedback received at the work-in-progress presentations, the design consultant will refine their draft designs and provide the county with additional draft regulations.  These regulations will be incorporated into the county’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Update for review by the public and consideration by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS? You can contact Ben Blankinship at (804) 501-4286 or Ben Sehl at (804) 501-5226.

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Henrico, VA 23228

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Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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