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Prince George changes city addresses to county name
By Sarah Steele Wilson
Oct 24, 2012, 15:34

Starting in February, Prince George County residents living in the 23860 and 23805 zip codes will be changing the place names on their addresses.

On Tuesday, the Prince George County Board of supervisors voted to approve a plan to change the addresses of businesses and residences in those areas, which currently read Hopewell and Petersburg, to Prince George.

Other counties in the region, including Dinwiddie and Chesterfield, have already adopted similar policies.

The county will notify affected residences and businesses by mail after January first. The tentative implementation date for the name change in Feb. 15.

According to the county, there are two main issues driving the name change: residents and members of the business community have expressed concern that the county’s identity is frequently confused with its neighboring cities and that county residents, especially recent arrivals to the area, experience confusion about where to pay their taxes, register their cars and deal with other essential, local business.

According to the supervisors, county residents are in favor of the idea.

“I have gotten no criticisms, no complaints,” said Supervisor Bill Gandel. “That’s unusual.”

The board also considered the master plan for the Buren property, which the board purchased earlier this year despite outcry from county citizens over the $1.5 million price tag.

The county purchased the land because it is adjacent to existing county buildings and has access to utilities, making it an attractive site for future expansion.

A request for proposals for the development and design on a master plan was issued, eliciting nine responses that were reviewed by an evaluation committee.

On Tuesday, staff recommended Charlottesville based firm LPDA, based on the company’s prior experience working on projects matching the county’s vision for the property.

Julie Walton, Director of Community Development and Code Compliance, said that the committee decided on a list of things that were important to them in selecting a firm: a willingness to have three public meetings and two presentations before the board of supervisors, a willingness to set up a work group for the projects and a willingness to set up a facebook page or website to collect community opinion.

The board voted to grant county administrator Percy C. Ashcraft authority to work out a contract with LPDA, with supervisors Gandel and William Robertson voting against it.

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