The Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber has been a strong advocate for the location and development of viable and “shovel ready” sites in Chesapeake and in the region.
The Chesapeake Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber has been a strong advocate for the location and development of viable and “shovel ready” sites in Chesapeake and in the region. Presently, much of the city’s industrial and manufacturing oriented property is built-out and the city is facing a challenge in competing for new companies. After the completion of the $450 million Dominion Blvd/Veteran’s Bridge Project three years ago, the Division supported efforts to properly plan and manage the growth along the Rt. 17 corridor south to the North Carolina border.
- In 2017, the Williams Family brought forth a proposed mega-site development of approximately 3,800 acres along bordering the North Carolina border and Rt. 17.
- The property has limited non-tidal wetlands on-site is located approximately 25 minutes from the Port of Virginia and has superior highway access to all of the region’s interstate connections.
- At the November 14, 2018 Planning Commission Public Hearing, a report update was issued prior to the meeting along with the staff report. PLN-COMP-2018-002 (Williams Tract UEDO Comprehensive Plan Amendment), dated November 13, 2018, was recommended for approval by Planning Commission and scheduled to be presented to members of Chesapeake City Council in December.
- At the request of the owner/applicant, the property’s land use designation was amended in the City’s Comprehensive Plan to manufacturing, research, warehousing, distribution, data center uses in December of 2018 by City Council.
The Chesapeake Division will continue to advocate for these important efforts and work to find ways to bring the needed infrastructure south to the Williams Farm property.