, 2014


Graduate projects to benefit
White Stone approved at VCU

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

WHITE STONE—Town manager Patrick Frere told council last Thursday that two proposed graduate projects to benefit White Stone were recently approved.

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) graduate students Beau Hubbard and Andrea-Nicole Pruett are each seeking a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and are focusing their graduate projects on development in White Stone.

Frere said he went to VCU December 11 to meet with the two students and their advisory panels.

“Both project proposals were reviewed and accepted,” said Frere, who plans to invite Pruett and Hubbard to council’s February meeting.

According to Frere, the projects will be used in the revision of the town’s comprehensive plan and both should be completed by May.

Hubbard’s project will focus on the property east of Rappahannock Drive and north of Chesapeake Drive, according to Frere. He will evaluate the existing usage and possible future land use of an undeveloped tract.

Pruett is focusing on the existing commercial corridors, evaluating the existing zoning ordinance and making recommendations on changes to the commercial district of the zoning ordinance, said Frere. Additionally, she will look at uses for existing vacant commercial properties, the pedestrian and traffic flow in White Stone and need for off-street parking.

In other business, councilman Randy Reeves asked if council could investigate purchasing a generator for the town office. By consensus, council agreed to have Frere check into any available grants for such a purchase.

Reeves also gave the police chief’s report for absent Chief Cliff Dawson. According to the report, the town has received $3,768.05 in fines for the fiscal year, which is already “a little over 50% of what we have budgeted for the year,” said Mayor Lloyd B. Hubbard.

During the town manager’s report, Frere told council the White Stone Business Association recently held elections for 2013. Officers are president Carrie Barrack, vice president Connie Henderson, treasurer Teresa Gill and secretary Ginger Philbrick.


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