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Government

  • PC looks at updated comprehensive plan

    The city of Bedford Planning Commission reappointed Lonne R. Bailey as its chair during a meeting last Thursday.
        Also reappointed as vice chair was Jaimeson English.
        No one spoke at a public hearing on adoption of the comprehensive plan, prior to a vote to readopt the plan. The commission voted to recommend approval of the updated comprehensive plan. Should reversion of the city to town status be approved—currently set to take place July 1, 2013—the town would have to adopt a new comprehensive plan.
     

  • Bedford PD could see significant increase in calls

        Assuming reversion goes through—currently anticipated for July 1, 2013—the Bedford Police Department could see as much as a 40 percent immediate increase in the number of calls it responds to on an annual basis.
        But there aren’t any immediate plans to add officers.

  • Supervisors look at budget needs

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began the process of developing a new budget with a capital improvement workshop, Monday night.

  • Supervisors make appointments to Planning Commission

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors filled two vacancies on the Planning Commission when it met in regular session Monday night.
        District 7 Planning Commissioner Curtis Stephens resigned at the end of last year. Stephens said that he did this in order to allow newly elected District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker make her own choice. Parker nominated Jerry Craig to that position, with unanimous support from the other supervisors.

  • PC almost done with comments on zoning changes

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has just about wrapped up the task of commenting on the Board of Supervisors’ proposed changes to the zoning ordinance.
        The Planning Commission had 90 days after a November 2011 public hearing to respond. The clock runs out early next month, but the Planning Commission will have a final review and discussion on Feb. 6 before taking official recommending action on the proposed changes that will then be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

  • Thumbs up to apartment development

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has given a thumbs up to an apartment development at Thomas Jefferson Crossing in Forest.
        Part of a multi-phase development, the 16-acre parcel in question, had originally been slated for 77 single-family homes. The developer came before the Planning Commission to get approval to build 228 apartment units there instead.

  • Citizen group files lawsuit against county

        A group that calls itself Bedford Above Board has filed a lawsuit against the Bedford County Board of Supervisors alleging that the supervisors failed to adequately inform county property owners of the extent of the changes to the county zoning ordinance that they are considering.

  • Citizen group sues Bedford County

        A group that calls it'self Bedford Above Board has filed a lawsuit against the Bedford County Board of Supervisors of Bedford County  alleging that the supervisors failed to adequately inform county property owners of the extent of the changes to the county zoning ordinance that they are considering.

  • City eliminates fee

        Retail merchants in the city of Bedford going out of business won't be required any longer to pay a fee to run a “going-out-of-business” sale.
        But they still will have to obtain a permit for that sale.
        At last week's City Council meeting, council voted 6-0 to eliminate a $65 fee that had previously been charged to file the permit. Last month Vice Mayor Robert Wandrei brought up the issue—after being approached by a local business that was closing—about the fee.

  • Hurt addresses Chamber Roundtable

        Congressman Robert Hurt drew a contrast between the Virginia General Assembly and Congress when he spoke before a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce roundtable last week. Hurt served in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. The General Assembly convened in Richmond the same day.

        Hurt said that the General Assembly operates with compromise, while in Congress, everybody wants to get their own way because they can borrow 40 cents of every dollar they spend.