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VMRC to hear appeal of wetlands board decision

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) will hear an appeal of a recent decision by the Middlesex County Wetlands Board to approve an 8-by-210 -foot pier and a 40-foot-long canoe and kayak pier on Harry George Creek in Water View.

The proposed piers are part of Water View Landing subdivision, a 110-unit housing development.

The appeal will be heard by VMRC on Tuesday, September 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the VMRC building, 4th floor, 2600 Washington Ave., Newport News.

Thirty-one people are opposed to the decision by the county wetlands board to approve the modified project. The board’s decision came after the developers agreed to cut the length of the main pier from 433’ to 210’, eliminate 18 proposed boat slips, and not dredge the creek.

Harry George Creek is a small, shallow creek between Parrott’s Creek and Weeks Creek on the Rappahannock River. 

Randy Revercomb, an adjacent landowner to the proposed subdivision, said developers are now allowing the pier to be open to all the residents of the subdivision. Revercomb said he and others feel this would create too much traffic on the small creek and have a detrimental environmental impact.

VMRC public relations officer John Bull said the commission can only address issues such as whether the wetlands board properly held their meeting and abided by state laws, such as allowing the public to speak. He indicated VMRC seldom overrules a local wetlands board decision because of alleged environmental issues.

posted 09.10.2008

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