A 78 ft. tall structure is coming to the Harbor. In July, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance for a building exceeding the 55 feet height limit for the M-2 industrial district. This lot, which is bordered by Bayshore Concrete to the west and the harbor to the north, was rezoned last year from Harbor district to M-2 Industrial.
The building is proposed as the main repair facility for large yachts and ships using port facilities approved under the conditional use process for the M-2 Industrial District.
Several conditional uses for the lot have already been approved including “marinas, docks, and wharves, if contiguous to the Cape Charles Harbor” (per Article III, Section 3.13.C.9); and “port facilities; marine, rail, trucking, and/or intermodal terminals, including transfer, storage, handling, inspection, processing, and/or transport of containerized, bulk, and/or other cargo” (per Article III, Section 3.13.C.10).
The staff report noted that the proposed building will not be a “substantial detriment to adjacent property” or that the character of the district will change.