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Mathews BZA to meet next week

The Mathews County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, to consider an appeal of a decision by Planning and Zoning Administrator Thomas Jenkins regarding a violation notice and correction order issued to William Eley and Robin Hooper of Williams Wharf Road.

The order, which was issued on Feb. 18, concerns the operation of a commercial shellfish aquaculture business without the appropriate permit on property located at 905 and 929 Williams Wharf Road.

Commercial shellfish aquaculture of no more than 100,000 organisms annually is a permitted use in the waterfront residential district, according to the order, while shellfish aquaculture of more than 100,000 organisms requires a conditional use permit, and no such permit has been issued.

The owners were ordered to cease operating the commercial aquaculture business.

In their appeal, Eley and Hooper are requesting an interpretation of various sections of the county’s zoning ordinance and state that...

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