News & Updates:
Powhatan County is currently evaluating potential projects to submit for funding through the state SMART Scale program. Over the next few months, the Board of Supervisors will consider proposals for road improvement projects at the following locations:
- Intersection improvements at Stavemill Road & U.S Route 60; Red Lane Road & U.S. Route 60; and/or Old Buckingham Road/Academy Road & U.S. Route 60;
- Extension of Carter Gallier Road; and
- Sidewalks in the Courthouse Village area.
More information on the potential projects can be found here.
SMART Scale FAQ
What is SMART Scale?
Smart Scale is a state-wide competitive funding program for transportation projects in Virginia. It is about picking the right transportation projects for funding and ensuring the best use of limited tax dollars.
How are the project’s selected?
Virginia’s SMART Scale process includes five overarching steps, as identified in the figure below. Transportation projects are scored based on an objective process that is transparent to the public and allows decision makers to be held accountable to taxpayers. Once projects are scored and prioritized, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has the best information possible to select the right projects for funding.
Has Powhatan County ever applied for SMART Scale Funding before?
Powhatan has been successful in receiving millions in state funding with no local match in prior rounds. These projects include the widening of 711 (which is now complete), intersection improvements to Huguenot Springs and Wool Ridge Road at Route 711 (which is currently in the right-of-way acquisition phase), and improvements to Jude’s Ferry Road at Route 60 (which will go into the engineering and design phase soon).
On June 24, 2019, the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the 2019 Long-Range Comprehensive Plan Update (O-2019-06). This document is now available online.
The comprehensive plan establishes a vision of what Powhatan County should look like in 20 to 30 years. It identifies objectives and strategies that can be implemented to realize the community’s vision and addresses a variety of topics, including land use, housing, economic development, and natural resources.
The approved plan was the product of an on-going planning and review process that started in Fall of 2016. During the review process, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors both held numerous workshops and public hearings on the draft plan, the county hosted 6 public open houses to solicit citizen feedback, and the Board of Supervisors appointed a Comprehensive Plan Workgroup to continue reviewing the document. The newly adopted 2019 plan is the product of this three-year planning and review process, and will be used to guide future planning and development decisions.
The Department of Community Development requests that applicants wishing to seek rezoning or conditional use permit approval host a neighborhood meeting prior to submission of an application. These pre-application neighborhood meetings are organized by the applicant and are intended to inform owners and occupants of nearby lands about a proposed development application. They also provide an opportunity for the applicant to receive initial comments, concerns, and inquiries about the proposal.
Neighborhood meetings are required for all rezoning applications and are encouraged for many conditional use permit applications.
As the department is made aware of them,
upcoming neighborhood meetings will be displayed below:
Please contact the Department of Community Development at 804-598-5621 with any questions.