Planners asked to come up with plan to promote Mathews Court House business

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Aug 17, 2011 - 04:07 PM

After a lengthy joint work session between the Mathews County Board of Supervisors and the Mathews County Planning Commission Tuesday night, supervisors chair O.J. Cole challenged the planning commission to come up with a plan for the Mathews Court House that would promote business.

The work session was scheduled to discuss a proposal to create a Village Mixed Use District for the downtown area, and toward the end of the session, planning commission member Mike Lowe asked supervisors to address specific concerns they might have with the proposal. Cole said the general concern of the board was the need to promote business in the village. "It’s your challenge to bring that to us," he said.

The VMU proposal, developed by planning director John Shaw, came about because of an application by developer Walter Alford to build townhouses and duplex apartments at the site of the current Christie Auto business, along with a bed and breakfast and some retail spaces. Because the VMU as it was being proposed didn’t allow as much density as Alford wanted, he withdrew his proposal, but the planning commission decided too much work had been done thus far on the plan for a VMU district to abandon it.