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. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE? Participating in the charrette will give you a chance to express your vision for the future of properties in your neighborhood. Your participation will make the difference between good plans and great ones.

WHAT IS THE STUDY AREA? The study area generally includes commercial properties along Williamsburg Road between S. Laburnum Avenue and Airport Drive. Properties along S. Laburnum Avenue south of Finlay Street area also included.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE? There will be multiple opportunities for you to contribute:

Charette Kick-Off and Hands-On Design Session
Monday October 21 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sandston Memorial Recreation Center – 11 J B Finley Road, Sandston
Join the team for an informative presentation on planning and community revitalization. Following the presentation, work alongside your neighbors to draw your vision for the future of the study area.

Open Design Studio
Tuesday October 22 – Wednesday October 23 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday October 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sandston Memorial Recreation Center – 11 J B Finley Road, Sandston
Stop by the studio to talk with the design team to provide input as the plan evolves. This will be a unique opportunity to provide feedback as the initial plan ideas are being developed.

Work-In-Progress Presentation
Friday October 25 | 5:00 p.m.
Location: John Rolfe Middle School – 6901 Messer Road
See all of the work completed during the charrette week and the draft ideas for the study area’s future at the “wrap-up” presentation.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS? You can contact Ben Sehl at (804) 501-5226 or Doug Cole at (804) 501-4989. You can also visit the Planning Department’s website at for more information.

Contact Us


Physical Address
4301 East Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23228

(804) 501-4602

(804) 501-4379

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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