James City County

You’re invited to the Destination Recreation Expo and Community Center Open House held tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road! Saturday will be a great, one-day, one-stop-shopping opportunity to learn about all the recreational programs and services available to you and your family through Parks and Recreation and its programming partners. Take part in fitness and activity demonstrations, speak with the more than 40 park, recreation, sports and fitness exhibitors on site for the day, and tour the Community Center with a guided host!  The Expo is also a first preview and early sign-up period for summer programs and camps -experience all there is in summer camps, sports classes and leagues, outdoor programs, aquatic programs, Rec Connect, inclusion programs and special events.  After the Expo, you’ll have to wait until April 14 to register for most programs. Representatives from all of the local athletic leagues are scheduled to attend. For more information, visit www.jccEgov.com/recreation.

James City County has announced that Freedom Park and Upper County Park are closed until further notice.  James City County would like to remind riders that when the park is closed that means the trails too.  Please do not ride the trails at this time!  Thanks for your understanding!

An Important Message for all James City County Citizens:

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The JCC Comp Plan enters final phases of approval with a public hearing on Nov. 10.

The Board of Supervisors will begin consideration of the Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday November 10, 2009, with a work session at 4:00 PM followed by a public hearing at 7:00 PM in Building F at the County Complex on Mounts Bay Road.  The Board has a tentative second work session set for Tuesday November 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM, followed by a final vote on the plan during the regular meeting on Tuesday November 24, 2009 at 7:00 PM.

This is your last opportunity to weigh in on the plans for growth and development plans for James City County.

Active Williamsburg Alliance has participated in the public input phase on transportation. The language in the proposed JCC Comp Plan includes considerable emphasis on a multi-modal transportation system, highlighting the need for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and further development of the Greenway Master Plan.  These are the right strategies.  Now it’s time to make sure the County follows through on its plan.

A new segment of multi-use trail into Warhill.

A new segment of multi-use trail into Warhill.

If you are heading out to Warhill Sports Complex or the WISC, you may notice construction on a new segment of multi-use trail that should make getting into the park easier for walkers, runners, and even cyclists.  Once in the park, there will be a mid-block crossing that leads to the existing multi-use path.  This will prevent interactions with traffic trying to exit the park.  Members of AWA met with JCC Planning a couple of years ago to discuss this entrance.  The project is part of several improvements to sidewalks and traffic calming along Warhill Trail.  It’s great to see the project finally underway.  We’ll be interested in hearing how well it works.  Let us know!

BCAR LogoJoin us October 10th at 10am for a family friendly 10 or 25 mile ride. Entertainment and food provided! 100% of the registration fee will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and other events (silent auction, raffle) will benefit the local non-profit Beyond Boobs!  Both rides leave from Chicahominy Riverfront Park and are self paced.  Registration is available online at https://event-manager.compete-at.com/Manager/event/home.do?eid=1610 The first 25 to pre-register will get a special free gift!  For more information contact Sharon at BikeBeat at 229-0096.

Vice Mayor Haulman Welcomes the Area's Newest Form of Alternative Transportation

Vice Mayor Haulman Welcomes the Area's Newest Form of Alternative Transportation

The official ribbon-cutting for the new Williamsburg Trolley occurred on Tuesday afternoon.  Representatives from the Williamsburg Area Transport Authority (WATA), James City County, and the City of Williamsburg touted this fun new form of alternative transportation.  Jodi Miller, assistant manager for Williamsburg and chair of the WATA Board of Directors, announced that in its first month of operation, the trolley shuttled 5,600 passengers.

The trolley runs in a continuous loop, connecting Merchant Square, High Street, the College of William & Mary, and New Town with service every 30 minutes, between the hours of 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  The fare is $0.50 for the full day, and students from middle school through college can ride free.

Attention James City County Residents! The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 6:30 PM in the Board Room of Building F at the County Complex on Mounts Bay Road.  This will probably be the only opportunity for public comment before the Planning Commission.  As currently planned, once the public hearing is closed on September 30th, the Planning Commission will discuss and vote on the Comp Plan at its regular meeting on October 7, 2009 … without the opportunity for additional public comment before the vote.  If you care about the future of your community, you need to be at the September 30th public hearing to voice your concerns.

The materials for the Planning Commission’s public hearing on the 2009 Draft Comprehensive Plan are now available online. Please contact the Planning Division at (757)253-6685 or planning@james-city.va.us for more information.