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Urbanna to consider zoning changes tonight

by Tom Chillemi

During past site plan processes on two separate proposed condominium projects on Urbanna Creek, there was considerable discussion about the need for “public access to the water” from private property, which is currently required by the Urbanna Zoning Ordinance.

In fact, one developer backed out because he did not want to give public water access in front of the condos at Oyster Harbor Condominiums. Eventually, however, the access was granted and the former hotel was converted to condos.

Condos proposed by Potomac Timber 227 LLC near the bridge at the end of Watling Street were never built. However, the public water access requirement was an issue.

An ordinance change has now been proposed that would “relieve certain waterfront property owners of requirements to reserve a portion of their property for public access to the waterfront,” states a public notice in the July 10 Southside Sentinel. A public hearing will be held by the Urbanna Planning Commission on Thursday, July 17.

Town resident Bob Calves argued for the public water access during the past site plan processes for the condos. Calves still favors the public access and recently distributed flyers showing a map for “Urbanna Harbor Walk” running from Watling Street along the shore to the Urbanna Town Marina.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.16.2014

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