Planners endorse change to junk vehicle ordinance

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Sep 19, 2012 - 01:37 PM

The Mathews County Planning Commission endorsed proposed changes to the county’s junk vehicle ordinance during its meeting Tuesday evening in the historic courthouse.

With one dissenting vote by member Tom Ingram, the commission approved an ordinance that, if enacted by the board of supervisors, would give the planning and zoning director the authority to remove from a premises an inoperable vehicle that isn’t in compliance with the ordinance.

A non-compliant vehicle is defined as one that hasn’t been in operation for 60 days or longer, has been partially or totally disassembled, or doesn’t have license plates or a valid inspection sticker. The ordinance allows one such vehicle on the premises. Antique and agricultural vehicles are excluded.

The change would include a requirement to first notify the property owner and give him or her 30 days to place the vehicle in a building or behind a six-foot fence or wall or a six-foot hedge or stand of dense evergreens. It would also include deleting a provision that allows the property owner to comply by placing a form-fitted cover over the vehicle.