City Council to hear quarterly tourism highlights, adopt new city roads at Quarterpath

Staff writer

City Council is expected to weigh new regulations that would allow city homeowners to rent out rooms through short-term rental services at its next regular meeting later this week, but that’s not all the board will have on its docket Thursday.

Other highlights include a quarterly tourism report from Jeff Wassmer, chairman of the Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s Tourism Council, a resolution to formally adopt a set of newly completed streets at Quarterpath at Williamsburg as public streets and more.

Wassmer will review the progress the group has made since it first convened last year and the Tourism Council’s plans for 2019. The nine-person board includes Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg heads Kevin Lembke and Mitchell Reiss, along with representatives from local municipalities and the restaurant and hospitality industries.

City Engineer Aaron Small is expected to present a resolution to the board that would add 1.42 lane miles of local streets to the city. The four new streets are all located within the new Quarterpath at Williamsburg development near Riverside Doctors’ Hospital, if approved by council. According to the agenda item summary, City Council is required to accept the new streets for them to be eligible for maintenance payments from the state.

The resolution would add Redoubt Road, which stretches from Battery Boulevard to Tutter’s Creek; Prospect Street from Redoubt Road to Eastview Street; Green Hill Street from Battery Boulevard to Prospect Street; and Eastview Street, stretching from Battery Boulevard to Northridge Street.

According to the agenda for the meeting, Small expects the city to receive about $18,080 a year from the state to maintain the four new roads, if approved by council.

City Council also will consider an amendment to the city’s existing Tourism Development Fund policy to reflect the changes made by the passage of SB 942 and the formation of the city’s Tourism Development Fund Review Committee.

Specifically, the amendments are expected to remove references to the Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee, which was recently replaced by the new Tourism Council. The new policy also will reflect the new application timeline for tourism development grants, which now runs from March to October.

Want to go?

Where: City Council Chambers, Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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