Mathews planner maps out suggested priorities

Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Jul 28, 2010 - 05:32 PM

Planner Matt Rowe of the Mathews County Department of Planning and Zoning during a brief meeting on Tuesday, July 20, presented the Mathews Planning Commission with a prioritized list of suggested items for possible future consideration.

In the absence of planning director John Shaw, who was on vacation, Rowe suggested that the commission give high priority to the following items:

—Zoning ordinance amendments that mirror future land use recommendations in the upcoming comprehensive plan;

—Zoning and subdivision ordinance amendments that comply with the Bay Act;

—A stormwater management ordinance;

—Private road access standards for minor subdivisions;

—Age-restricted housing use;

—Home occupation restrictions;

—A livestock/horse ordinance, and;

—A bed and breakfast/tourist home definition amendment.

Items that were given a medium priority included such things as addressing non-conforming lots in several communities, creating overlay districts for various areas of the county, and writing a landscaping ordinance, while low priority was given to such things as height regulations for structures; small wind turbine, dark skies, and planned unit development ordinances, and administrative variances.

Rowe also told the commission that progress is being made on bringing wireless internet to the county. He said that Northern Neck Wi-Fi is planning to install data poles at the YMCA property at Hudgins and at Hallieford Post Office within the next couple of months. (See related story on page 3A.)

Of course, said Rowe, "If you’re in the southern part of the county, I guess you’ll have to watch that loading screen a while longer."

County Administrator Steve Whiteway said after the meeting that an application for stimulus money for broadband on the Middle Peninsula is still in the works. The Middle Peninsula Broadband Authority is still going through the process, he said, providing additional information at intervals as requested by the government. "We’re still waiting," he said.