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Mathews planners table decision on new mixed-use zoning district

The Mathews County Planning Commission tabled a decision on a Village Mixed Use zoning district during a meeting Tuesday night and decided to have another work session on the matter. Two Main Street property owners in the packed courtroom voiced objections to the district.

In a presentation, planning and zoning director John Shaw explained the rationale for creating such a district and addressed some of the concerns he had heard from commission members and residents.

Shaw said that creating a mixed-use district in the village is consistent not only with mixed use development that already exists in the area, but also with previous and current comprehensive plans and with the stated goals of the board of supervisors.

With mixed-use development, business and residential properties exist in proximity to each other, often with retail space on one floor and residential space above. Such uses have historically been a common-sense approach for people who owned businesses and wanted to ...

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