REMINDER FROM THE PLANNER RE: WORK IN THE VDOT RIGHT-OF-WAY – All work in the VDOT right-of-way requires a VDOT land use permit. This includes any cutting or trimming of trees in the right-of-way. Tree service contractors working in Cape Charles know that the right-of-way trees are not the property of the home or business owner proximate to the right-of-way. Recently a tree service contractor cut down right-of-way trees without acquiring such a permit. This contractor also blocked the street while performing that work. Blocking traffic and removing large limbs overhanging the public right-of-way poses a potential risk to people and property and needs to be done correctly. If you are thinking about cutting or trimming a tree in the VDOT right-of-way please apply for a land use permit.