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Supervisors approve campground rezoning

by Tom Chillemi

Protests about traffic and declining land values were not enough to sway the Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) from amending the Middlesex Comprehensive Plan and then rezoning 288 acres to Waterfront Commercial for a proposed campground in Jamaica.

The Middlesex Historic Courthouse Boardroom was packed for the public hearing on July 2. Most residents of this rural area spoke against the plan by Blue Water Development of Ocean City, Md., to build 950 campsites plus amenities at the former Bayport Scout Reservation. 

In a split vote, the board cleared the way for an ambitious plan for the hilly site that overlooks the Rappahannock River where the former Double Fun Campground was located. 

Only Jamaica District supervisor Wayne Jessie voted against the changes, pleading with board members to delay voting for 30 days so that an alternative emergency access could be considered. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Jessie told his fellow board members. Jessie said McKanns Road is a “straight shot” for an emergency access road.

Voting in favor were board chair Chip Holt, Kathy Swinehart and Pete Mansfield. Supervisor John Koontz left the public hearing early and was not present for the vote.

It was noted the rezoning was the first step and the development would be subject to a site plan review by the county and citizens. “So many of the concerns and questions will be addressed with the site plan,” said Holt, noting the county can deny the site plan. Holt also noted the public will have an opportunity to comment on the site plan proposal when it is developed.

posted 07.11.2019

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