Gloucester board to hold five public hearings Tuesday

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jul 28, 2010 - 05:29 PM

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors has five public hearings scheduled Tuesday in its meeting to begin at 7 p.m. in the colonial courthouse. One hearing will discuss amending the county’s ordinance pertaining to water and sewage. Public hearings will begin at 8.

According to Brenda Garton, county administrator, the Environmental Protection Agency special consent order requires localities to develop, adopt and enforce a program addressing the release of fats, oils and grease into its public sewer system.

Garton said implementation of this program into Gloucester’s ordinance will primarily impact commercial establishments, by requiring the installation and registration of all types of grease control devices and require proper maintenance of those devices.

She said the proposed ordinance will also require training and certification of haulers, owners and employees who service the devices, and requires at least one employee from each facility to complete training on the Best Management Practices.

The implementation of the proposed ordinance, Garton said, will require county staff to inspect the devices, keep records of those inspections, impose fees associated with the program and impose fines for violations. The ordinance amendment will become effective March 31, 2011.

Flood plain management

A second public hearing will address an ordinance amending county code dealing with flood plain management. According to Garton, Gloucester has adopted and enforces the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code as well as a local code, which contain requirements for buildings that are constructed or substantially improved in areas that are within federally designated flood plain boundaries and prone to flooding.

To the benefit of property owners within the federally designated flood plain boundaries, Garton said the county has participated in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

She said county staff has recommended and included within the proposed revisions an additional one foot of freeboard clearance to the existing elevation requirements for new or substantially improved structures within the flood zones designated by the map.

FEMA, Garton said, has completed a new Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Map for the county, both of which will become effective Sept. 17, continuing the county’s eligibility for participation in NFIP.

Wood recycling

A third public hearing will discuss amending county code to provide a definition for wood recycling facilities. It would allow wood-recycling facilities to locate in the Rural Countryside (RC-1) zoning district by Conditional Use Permit upon approval by the Gloucester supervisors.

Garton said the use is currently permitted in the Industrial (I-1) zoning district. She said the amendment clearly identifies the use in the I-1 district by incorporating the proposed definition.

Other hearings

A fourth public hearing will discuss amending the county zoning map to reclassify the Historic Overlay (H-1) District for the property known as Burgh Westra, located in the Ware Magisterial District.

A final hearing will discuss adding procurement to the Gloucester code.