James City County to Host Natural and Cultural Assets Open House

JAMES CITY COUNTY — James City County invites citizens to participate in the development of conservation strategies for the county’s natural and cultural assets by hosting an open house on June 29 and an online survey through July 10.

The June 29 Natural and Cultural Assets Open House will be held in Community Hall A at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Long Hill Road. The public can arrive any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to view natural and cultural assets and comment on restoration or protection strategies.

There will be a formal presentation from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and maps and an informational presentation are available online ahead of the meeting on the county website.

The online Survey of natural and cultural assets is also available for those unable to attend the open day, until July 10. Residents can also learn more about the project in the latest episode of This week in James City County podcast.

“James City County is a special place, in large part because of its rich natural and cultural landscape. Natural and cultural assets include trees and forests, waterways, wetlands, agricultural soils, and natural areas such as parks and trails, or areas of cultural significance to residents such as scenic areas or historic,” the county said in a news release. “The larger blocks of intact habitat support native species and can be connected by corridors to form a network. The more connected the landscape, the more resilient it is and the more pathways there are for people, pollinators or plants.

The open house is part of a larger effort to develop a natural and cultural assets plan to help identify, assess and prioritize the county’s most valuable natural resources and cultural assets and identify opportunities to protect and protect them. to restore them, according to the county.

Communities can use these plans to protect current and future water supplies, protect or expand economies, create healthy communities, protect wildlife and biodiversity, provide or identify new outdoor recreation options, highlight land conservation priorities and inform transportation projects, master plan goals or zoning. decisions, the county said.

The current project began in August 2021 and is expected to be completed in fall 2022.

The county said in updating the county’s comprehensive plan, prioritizing the protection of natural lands and open spaces was the highest ranked and supported goal in all three cycles of community engagement.

For more information, visit jamescitycountyva.gov/3856 or contact the James City County Community Development Department at 757-253-6671 or email planning@jamescitycountyva.gov.

James C. Tibbs