The Henrico County, Virginia Board of Supervisors,
The Henrico County, Virginia Planning Commission:
Please help us stop Virginia from vanishing, let's start at home, here in Henrico County! Virginia is known for historic-tourism, and received over 60 million per-person tourist trips in 2007.
As a result of tourism last year, over 650 million dollars was spent in Henrico County alone, and yet the Henrico Administration continues to allow development to take place without any effective Historic Preservation planning in place.
In the past thirty years, sites and structures Henrico has recognized as Historic Resources have continued to disappear at an alarming rate.
Please review the statistics of loss of over 88% of Henrico's historic resources initially listed by the county in 1976, submitted by this petition's sponsor to the Henrico County Supervisors in 2008 as: "Henrico Historic Resources Lost"
...or watch the "Henrico Matters" video, made for The National Trust's "This Place Matters" campaign, at http://youtu.be/MPwF77RxpMk
The Henrico County Comprehensive Plan at this time reflects no actions to curb this pattern of loss. We the undersigned petition for the inclusion of historic preservation planning in Henrico County's 2026 Comprehensive Plan and future planning, to arrest the continuing loss of the county's historic resources by:
1. The creation of strong but simple ordinances and guidelines to address the encroachment of development adjacent to historic resources via the requirement of expanded setbacks, designed to preserve each site’s character.
2. The creation of the strong buffering requirements necessary to preserve the county's remaining historic view sheds. These initial tools could be created through a review of planning methods employed across Virginia and other states rich in similar historic assets.
3. And by conducting a complete view-shed analysis and formal survey of historic resources for adoption to the 2026 Comprehensive Plan.
these are historic resources of national importance.
Please do not continue to plan our county's future, even for the next eighteen years, without serious review and action to amend of this major oversight.
...Although this petition was created in 2008, ongoing historic preservation efforts continue and this petition will be re-submitted to Henrico County officials.
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Review the results of the Henrico's lack of preservation planning detailed in the study we've submitted to County Leaders, based on Henrico's own official past reviews of County, State and Nationally listed historic resources in Henrico County, Virginia:
Read "Henrico Historic Resources Lost" (opens as an online doc)
or click through to watch the
"Henrico Matters" video,
accepted by The National Trust's "This Place Matters" campaign. Please sign the petition and share these links.
We can make a difference.