County board to hold work session next week on floodplain ordinance

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Oct 10, 2018 - 01:42 PM

Mathews residents are invited to share their thoughts on the Mathews County Floodplain Ordinance during a special work session of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors next Wednesday, Oct. 17. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the historic courthouse on Court Street.

Supervisor Amy Dubois, who is on the board’s floodplain ordinance committee along with supervisor Pepper Love, County Administrator Mindy Conner and Building Official Jamie Wilkes, said she hopes residents will come forward with their concerns and suggestions, along with their rationale for any changes they suggest.

While the committee most recently looked into the ordinance’s definitions and appeals process, said Dubois, its members have come to realize that they need to “look a little harder” at other aspects of the ordinance, as well.

After hearing from the public, she said, the committee will meet with outside stakeholders such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and board members from other localities “to try to get it as correct as possible” before the document is completed and submitted for consideration and approval by FEMA.

If any of the suggested changes are in conflict with state and federal ordinances, said Dubois, “we obviously can’t take on that change.”

“We will vet all suggested changes for feasibility and legality and benefit to the county before we move forward,” she said.