James City Planning Commission recommends Capital Improvement Program

The Planning Commission recommended approval of a Capital Improvement Program Monday evening that included funding for a Total Maximum Daily Load Action Plan for stormwater management and clean water, as well as funds for a 4th middle school. The total capital funds recommended for fiscal 2016 is about $27 million.

Over the several years after fiscal 2016, the commission recommended a plan championed by County Administrator Bryan Hill to dedicate $5 million per year to the VDOT RevShare program. The program allows localities to contribute matching dollars in order to access scarce funding available for road projects.

Also included for funding in the program were funds for a new Warhill Community Gym and Chickahominy Riverfront Park Shoreline stabilization.

Commissioner Robin Bledsoe said she supported the plan, but had reservations about the size of the 4th middle school.

"I personally believe we’re going to build a school that’s already going to be too small. If we’re going to do this it needs to be a biger school so we can grow into it and not out of it immediately," Bledsoe said. Commissioner Tim O'Connor held similar views.

The program will now be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

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