## Chapter 1 - Incorporation & Boundaries

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**CHAPTER I. INCORPORATION AND BOUNDARIES**

**Sec. 1. Incorporated; name of city; general powers.**

The inhabitants of the territory comprised within the limits of the city of Hopewell, as the same now are or may hereafter be established by law, shall be a body politic and corporate under the name of the city of Hopewell and as such shall have perpetual succession, may sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with and may have a corporate seal which it may alter, renew or amend at its pleasure.

**Sec. 2. Boundaries.**

The boundaries of the said city are and shall be, unless and until changed by amendment, annexation or otherwise, as follows:

Beginning at the mouth of Bailey's Creek at a point determined as that point where the mean low water line on the north side of said Bailey's Creek joins the mean low water line on the west side of the James River; thence in a westerly direction upstream along the mean low water line of Bailey's Creek as it meanders to a point near the lower fork of Cattail Creek where said low water line is intersected by a line projected due true south from a point on an iron pipe, the coordinates of which are 2500 N. and 7072.41 E. said coordinates being given with reference to a certain plat recorded in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Prince George County in plat Book 3 at page 135; thence running in a westerly direction up Bailey's Creek, as it meanders, 6770 feet more or less, to a point at the south western corner of the subdivision of Dupont Gardens, thence along the property lines of said Dupont Gardens Subdivision N 21° 55' W 1113 feet, more or less; thence N 83 + 41' E 245.6 feet, more or less; thence N 6° 19' W 1,027.6 feet, more or less, to a point in the northern right-of-way line of State Route 1324 (City Point Road); thence along the said northern right-of-way line of said State Route 1324 the following courses and distances: S 84° 40' W 97.7 feet; S 80° 04' W 54.38 feet; S 88° 46' W 189.94 feet; S 70° 26' W 204.83 feet; S 70° 58' W 243.86 feet; thence S 68° 46' W 243.20 feet; S 70° 31' W 139.37 feet; S 46° 29' W 50.8 feet; S 45° 22' W 369.7 feet; S 41° 42' W 51.7 feet; S 43° 30' W 128.4 feet; S 52° 43' W 327.6 feet; S 69° 32' W 54.9 feet; S 67° 27' W 453.5 feet; S 69° 58' W 119.0 feet; S 78° 09' W 148.1 feet; S 77° 50' W 59.3 feet; S 74° 02' W 402 feet; S 82° 19' W 83.04 feet; S 77° 23' W 212.2 feet; S 73° 26' W 398.2 feet; S 75° 52' W 97.75 feet; S 61° 20' 30" W 275.93 feet; S 73° 08' W 484.87 feet; S 77° 26' W 93.50 feet; S 79° 33' W 442.06 feet; N 64° 13' W 16.56 feet; S 74° 24' W 161.44 feet; S 62° 48' W 42.0 feet; S 61° 45' 30" W 417.56 feet; S 63° 45' W 52.78 feet; S 61° 20' 30" W 477.4 feet; to a point in the intersection of the said northern right-of-way line with the eastern right-of-way line of State Route #648, near its intersection with State Route #36; thence N 10° 55' W; along eastern line of State Route #648, crossing State Route #36, 1154.1 feet, to the southeastern line of the right-of-way of the Norfolk and Western Railway; thence N 45° 07' E along said southeastern right-of-way of said railway 1780.35 feet; thence N 0° 59' E crossing the said railway and along property line with Stephen Heretick, 1981.5 feet; thence S 82° 47' W along property line with said Heretick 100 feet; thence S 68° 11' W 101.0 feet; thence N 87° 54' W 256.1 feet; thence N 74° 14' W 992.4 feet to a point in the eastern right-of-way line of State Route #648; thence along the eastern and southern lines of State Route #648, the following courses and distances: N 23° 12' E 156.12 feet; N 34° 36' E 393.6 feet; N 34° 09' E 351.24 feet; N 26° 04' E 435.44 feet; N 25° 43' 30" E 395.8 feet; N 68° 13' E 58.32 feet; S 84° 51' E 350.3 feet; S 84° 02' E 515.50 feet; N 15° 32' E 1484.1 feet; N 6° 18' E 39.7 feet; to a point in the eastern line of said State Route #648 at the intersection of the southern boundary line of Buren Gardens Subdivision, Section B prolonged eastwardly; thence N 89° 40' W crossing State Route #648 and along southern boundary line of said Buren Gardens Subdivision Section B, 526.70 feet; thence along lines of said Buren Gardens, Subdivision Section B, the following courses and distances: N 0° 30' E 150.0 feet; N 89° 30' W 26.84 feet; N 0° 30' E 571.80 feet to a point in the southern line of Sunset Drive; S 69° 34' E along the said southern line of Sunset Drive 45.18 feet; thence N. 20° 26' E, crossing said drive and the right-of-way of Seaboard Air Line Railroad-Hopewell Branch, 300.0 feet to a point in the northern right-of-way line of the said railroad; thence along the northern and eastern right-of-way lines of the said railroad the following courses and distances: N 69° 34' W 1036.1 feet; thence along the arc of a curve to the right, the radius of which is 904.93 feet, a distance of 774.39 feet; N 20° 32' 10" W 1754.2 feet; thence along the arc of a curve to the right; the radius of which is 904.93 feet for a distance of 789.70 feet; N 29° 27' 50" E 413.35 feet; thence along the arc of a curve to the left, the radius of which is 1482.40 feet for a distance of 782.22 feet; N 0° 46' 10" W 875 feet, more or less, to a point in the center line of the Appomattox River; thence in an easterly direction along the center line of the said Appomattox River, as it meanders, 6250 feet more or less to a point in the western corporate line of the city of Hopewell, prior to January 1, 1952; thence in a line N 16° 30' 46" E to its intersection with the southern boundary of Chesterfield County, said boundary being the mean low water line on the north side of the Appomattox River; thence in an easterly direction along said mean low water line of the Appomattox River, the boundary of Chesterfield County to a point 150 feet distant from and at right angles to the center line of the Appomattox River bridge on the Richmond-Hopewell highway; thence due true S 11° 32' E, a distance of 435 feet more or less to a point; thence due true N 78° 28' E 117 feet to a point; thence due true S 11° 32' E, a distance of 70 feet to a point in the mean low water line of the south side of the Appomattox River; thence eastwardly along the said mean low water line of the Appomattox River a distance of 66 feet more or less to a point; thence due true N 11° 32' W a distance of 70 feet to a point; thence due true N 78° 28' E, a distance of 117 feet to a point; thence due true N 11° 32' W, a distance of 435 feet more or less to a point in the mean low water line on the north side of the Appomattox River, said point being in the southern boundary of Chesterfield County, and said point being further described as being 150 feet distant and at right angles to the center line of above-mentioned Appomattox River bridge and being in an easterly direction therefrom; thence in an easterly direction along the said low water line of the Appomattox River, following the line of Chesterfield County to a point in the Appomattox River in the said boundary line of Chesterfield County where the said boundary line is intersected by a projection northwardly of the line of the east side of Bermuda Street; thence southerly along said projection of the line of the eastern side of Bermuda Street to a point in the mean low water line on the southern shore of the Appomattox River; thence down the said mean low water line of the Appomattox River to its intersection with the westerly mean low water line of the James River; thence down said mean low water line of the James River to its intersection with the mean low water line on the northerly side of Bailey's Creek, said point being the point of beginning.

(Acts 1952, Ch. 426, § 1)

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***Editor's note: ** The Charter is set out herein as enacted by Chapter 431 of the 1950 Acts of the General Assembly, as amended. Amendments are indicated by history notes appearing in parentheses ( ) at the end of the amended sections. The absence of such a note indicates that the section is derived, unamended, from Acts 1950, Chapter 431.

The catchlines appearing in boldface type for the individual sections were added by the editor. Also, any words appearing in brackets [ ] were added for clarity.

**Editor's note: ** The description of the corporate limits set out in the above section should be read in the light of an order entered April 5, 1963, by the circuit court of the city of Hopewell, in L.O.B. 7, at p. 406. Such order, pursuant to the statutory procedure, effected a contraction of the corporate limits of the city in connection with the construction of a new high level bridge across the Appomattox River. Attention is also directed to the order entered December 21, 1967, in L.O.B. 9, at p. 180, which order, effective at midnight, December 31, 1968, defines an area annexed from Prince George County.

By Court Order dated 08/27/2010 the Boundary was adjusted to reflect a transfer of land from the City of Hopewell to Prince George County, as well as a transfer from Prince George County to the City of Hopewell recorded in the Clerk’s Office for the Hopewell Circuit Court on 08/30/2010 in Instrument #100001682, and recorded in the Clerk’s Office for the Prince George Circuit Court on 08/27/2010 in Instrument #100002543