The James City County Board of Supervisors approved the Warhill Sports Complex master amendment, an ordinance to allow for food trucks in some areas of the county and the construction of an auxiliary gym at Lafayette high school at Tuesday’s meeting.
Warhill Sports Complex
The county approved to relocate an indoor gymnasium and add a multipurpose room to the Warhill Sports Complex as well as a WATA station. The WATA bus transfer station would be onsite but outside of the park proper.
"We clearly need additional gymnasiums to meet volleyball and basketball (demand)," said John Carnifax, county Parks and Recreation director said. "We need more gymnasium space."
Residents voiced concerns about traffic at the Longhill Road and Warhill Trail intersection during a planning commission meeting in October.
Parks and recreations has proposed opening a service road, staggering event start times and having a police officer on sight during peak hours to mitigate traffic concerns.
The approved amendment allows food trucks to operate in districts designated limited business and industrial, general industrial, planned unit development-commercial and public lands, according to the county.
Food truck vendors would still need a James City County business license and be required to collect a James City County food and business tax.
Food trucks will be treated just like any other business operating in the county, according to the board of supervisors.
These designations correspond to locations including Busch Corporate Center, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Stonehouse Commercial Park and schools and parks, according to Paul Holt, James City County planning director.
Lafayette High School gym
At Lafayette High School, architects proposed a 10,000-square-foot building that includes a standard-sized basketball court, 22-foot high ceilings, bleachers with capacity for 204 students, a concession stand, scoreboard and 600 square feet of storage space. The proposal which passed, will allow for the construction of the gym and bring the school into conformance with the zoning ordinance.
The gym will cost $2.38 million and be ready for 2018-19 school year.
Mike Ross, a principal with HBA architecture and director of the educational design studio, said they anticipate construction to begin at the end of school year.
Jefferson can be reached by phone at 790-9313.