Williams Wharf request returns to Wetlands Board on July 24

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Jul 10, 2013 - 11:43 AM

A third public hearing is being held on the rowing and sailing center proposed for Williams Wharf Landing in Mathews. The case will be heard before the Mathews County Wetlands Board at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the historic courthouse on Court Street.

Seven other applications for construction that will impact wetlands will be heard, as well.

The wetlands board first approved the Williams Wharf project, which consists of a 10,800-square-foot structure to house crew shells, an ergonomic exercise facility, and a large room for gatherings, on May 1. However, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission sent the application back to the wetlands board later that month because of a procedural error.

Twenty-six Mathews residents had appealed the case because during the second public hearing, board chair Ken Kurkowski didn’t allow people who had spoken during the first hearing to speak again. Because a modification had been made to the application after the first public hearing, the VMRC’s legal counsel advised that a modified application is a new application and requires a new public hearing.