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Board sends RMA change to state for approval

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 Tuesday night during its meeting in the colonial courthouse to send a draft ordinance to Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality seeking its input on modifying the county’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act ordinance.

The changes, if approved by DEQ and the board of supervisors, would relax Gloucester’s countywide Resource Management Area.

During its Aug. 2 meeting, a majority of the board of supervisors decided to convey to DEQ revised ordinances necessary to change the RMA to one that is located 100-foot landward of the RPA or to the extent of the 100-year floodplain, whichever is greater.

A majority of the board members also decided during that meeting that all CBPA provisions typically required in the RMA, other than the regulated area of disturbance that triggers erosion and sediment control and stormwater management, will continue to apply to the entire county after the extent of the RMA is reduced.


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