Over the objections of a large number of Gwynn’s Island residents who packed the historic courthouse on Jan. 8 for a public hearing, the Mathews County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a request for a variance for a business on Cricket Hill Road. The vote was 3-0, with Roger Gamble abstaining and Michael Rowe absent.
The variance grants Gary Goerss of Powhatan permission to increase the encroachment of a building at 1970 Cricket Hill Road within the 50-foot seaward part of the 100-foot RPA area by 31 square feet. The parcel is in the B-1 zoning district.
Goerss intends to use the property, which consists of two separate parcels, to offer week-long kayak construction classes on the first floor of the two buildings at the site. The existing buildings will be demolished, and their replacements will be connected at the second- and third-floor levels by open walkways, with workshop participants housed on the second floor and Goerss’s living quarters on th...
To view the rest of this article, you must log in. If you do not have an account with us, please subscribe here.