Virginia Campground’s Future in Limbo
The future of three of the most beautiful natural spots in James City, Va., should be decided this fall, according to a timeline reviewed this week by county supervisors.
The master plan effort for the county-owned Jamestown Beach Campground, Jamestown Yacht Basin and Chickahominy Riverfront Park has already begun, with county staff meeting with adjoining landowners and the Virginia Department of Transportation, among other agencies, according to the Daily Press, Newport News.
Public input is ongoing, and development alternatives for each of the three sites are due in May.
Presentations to county planning commissioners and supervisors are scheduled for the summer. Federal and local officials, historic experts and residents will be able to contribute opinions as to what should be done with the campground, yacht basin and riverfront park.
There is some possibility of development, officials have said, though grants used to purchase some of the land requires certain open spaces be preserved, mostly along the shoreline.
James City's November 2006 purchase of the campground, across the road from the Jamestown Settlement, followed two years of targeting public grants and private donations to collect about $12.5 million. That money included $2 million approved by Congress in 2005 to help the county pay for a 202-acre acquisition that included the yacht basin. The county bought the park in 2001.