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Board denies rezoning

by Larry S. Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Dec. 16 to deny the application of BRC Development LLC to rezone 10.694 acres near Locust Hill to build a nine-home subdivision on Route 619 (Healy’s Road).

Applicant Steven Bland was seeking a rezoning from Low Density Rural to Residential.

Saluda District supervisor Jack Miller said he went and looked at the property and felt increased traffic at the proposed subdivision would “make it hard on that little road at Locust Hill.
“I don’t think it’s a good situation at all,” he said. “The road is my main point of contention.”

Jamaica District supervisor Wayne Jessie said he agreed with Miller. “The road is not very wide and I don’t think we should put more traffic on it. It would not create a good situation.”
Board chairman Kenneth W. Williams said that “by right” Bland can build four houses.

Pinetop District supervisor Fred Crittenden asked if six houses would be appropriate for the site.

Miller said the board needs to consider limiting growth in that area until all of Stormont Road is reopened. VDOT has closed a portion of Stormont Road because the dam over Healy’s Mill Pond is considered unsafe to support automobile traffic.

VDOT has indicated it will not fix the dam, but will build a bridge over the pond in 2024.

The board unanimously voted to deny Bland’s rezoning application.

In other matters, the board:

  • Approved an ordinance that will allow for the assessment and taxation of new buildings in the same calendar year in which they are built. Under the past ordinance, buildings completed within one year are not placed on the tax books until the following calendar year.
  • Under the new ordinance, once a home or building owner receives a “certificate of occupancy,” the county has the power to assess and tax the building owner from that date forward for the value of the completed structure. Taxes will be prorated from the day the certificate of occupancy is issued.
  • Tabled action on renewing a maintenance service contract with Otis Elevator on the elevators in the county courthouse and the one at Middlesex High School.
  • Is searching for possible members to serve on the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board (CSB), and the Middlesex Airport Committee (MAC). The late Bob Gary and Floyd Jones are coming off the IDA; David Harmon does not want to be reappointed to the CSB; and Scott Kauffman does not want to be reappointed to the MAC.
  • posted 12.24.2008

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