Senior housing plans discussed at Mathews planning meeting

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 22, 2013 - 12:28 PM

Photo: A few stakeholders joined Mathews County officials last week at the library for a meeting on establishing the boundaries for a Village Mixed Use district in Mathews Court House. Those attending were, clockwise from left, planning commission member Tom Ingram; Mary Digges, property owner and president of The Bush Companies; property owner Allen Moughon (partially obscured); vice president Mark Rinaldi of The Bush Companies; Steve Whiteway, representing Mathews Memorial Library; Mathews County Planning and Zoning Director John Shaw; planning commission member Jim Robinson and student liaison Elizabeth Ransone; Mathews resident Kathy Bly; planning commission chair Danette Machen (with head turned away); supervisor Neena Putt, and Mathews resident Pat Owens III. Not shown: vice president Linwood Burton of The Bush Companies, commission member Chuck Dawson, Mathews resident Joan Dawson, and planning and zoning administrative assistant Liz Whitley. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

A few stakeholders joined Mathews County officials last week at the library for a meeting on establishing the boundaries for a Village Mixed Use district in Mathews Court House. Those attending were, clockwise from left, planning commission member Tom Ingram; Mary Digges, property owner and president of The Bush Companies; property owner Allen Moughon (partially obscured); vice president Mark Rinaldi of The Bush Companies; Steve Whiteway, representing Mathews Memorial Library; Mathews County Planning and Zoning Director John Shaw; planning commission member Jim Robinson and student liaison Elizabeth Ransone; Mathews resident Kathy Bly; planning commission chair Danette Machen (with head turned away); supervisor Neena Putt, and Mathews resident Pat Owens III. Not shown: vice president Linwood Burton of The Bush Companies, commission member Chuck Dawson, Mathews resident Joan Dawson, and planning and zoning administrative assistant Liz Whitley. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Plans for a possible senior housing development in Mathews Court House were discussed during a meeting that was held in Mathews Memorial Library last Thursday to help determine the boundaries for implementing a Village Mixed Use district.

The Mathews County Planning and Zoning Department and the Planning Commission held the meeting in order to get the opinions of stakeholders on the matter. A map of the proposed district, which would provide options for development of a mix of residential and business uses, includes the parcels on the south side of Buckley Hall Road from the ABC store to the Dollar General store and the parcels along both sides of Main Street from Buckley Hall Road south to Vintage Gallery and The Brambles.

Planning and Zoning Director John Shaw said a VMU district is not a new concept, having been discussed as far back as 1982, when the idea was included in the comprehensive plan. He said that the village in fact already has mixed uses, but because it’s zoned B-2, a conditional use permit is required for many things that would be by-right development in the VMU district.

Out of the nearly 50 properties that might be included in the district as proposed, the only property owners or stakeholders who came to the meeting were Steve Whiteway, representing Mathews Memorial Library; Allen Moughon, owner of Moughons hardware store; and Mary Digges, owner of a residential property on Buckley Hall Road.