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Anyone who has been following local news over the last several years has to be familiar with the epic zoning fight waged in Northampton County from 2013-2016. Citizens fighting for the sustainable future of our unique quality of life, thanks to new Board of Supervisors members and legal challenges, staved off a horrific assault from a small handful Of industrialists, poultry advocates, and real estate interests who wanted to develop this county into an Ocean City or Virginia Beach model with a twist of the poultry expansion being waged in Accomack County.
The 2015 Board Of Supervisors election settled the debate over who was the “vocal minority” or “the silent majority” and those pushing the exit from the stated will Of the people as embodied in our ZQQ2 were rejected in a landslide victory for those wishing to save this county from the same mistakes being made in many other localities throughout Virginia and the nation.
But now, that small handful is at it again. …and are attempting to rewrite our protective 2009.
Comprehensive plan to accomplish the same goals Of their 2014 zoning which would have left us With incinerators, poultry houses, industrial uses “by right” (no notice to neighbors) and a full scale commercial development of the Route 13 corridor (the only permeable soils that recharge our drinking water).
This new attempt to regurgitate and then gnaw at the core of a very rotten zoning apple is being orchestrated by the “Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee” and you can read who they are and what they plan by reading the “CPAC FINAL REPORT” on the county’s Planning Department’s website. It is also being choreographed by Jacque Chatmon’s Planning Commission (PC). [Read more…]