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Mathews planners cast tie vote on event venue application

The Mathews County Planning Commission cast a tie vote Tuesday on an application for a conditional use permit for an event venue in the Glebe, leaving the commission without a recommendation for the Mathews County Board of Supervisors. The vote followed a joint public hearing of the two county boards.

Harvey and Sherri Hamm of Gloucester had requested the permit for a second time to establish an event venue for weddings and other large gatherings of up to 200 people on 18.14 acres in a residential neighborhood in the Glebe.

They made the same request last June, but were denied the permit in August after neighbors expressed concerns about such issues as noise, the closeness of the facility to neighbors, and a narrow driveway that could hinder emergency vehicles from gaining access to the site.

This time, the Hamms tried to address their neighbors’ concerns by promising to comply with more stringent requirements, such as widening their lane to 20 feet to accommodate two-way traf...

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