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Mathews planners table rezoning again

The Mathews Planning Commission tabled action Tuesday night on a request to rezone a 7.168-acre parcel on Godfrey Bay Road from rural to residential in order to build a minimum of five homes on the site.

The request, the topic of a January public hearing, still proved to be a divided issue for the planning commission. Some planners were concerned that adding more houses could create traffic on Godfrey Bay Road. Another concern brought up by vice chairman Tim Hill was the marketability of the houses. 

The planners also discussed the build-out potential of the county and agreed that there is not a lot of good land that can be subdivided. “We have a shortage of buildable lots in Mathews,” commented planner Billy Cook. Before the public hearing on this issue last month, Cook researched affordable lots in Mathews and found only 12 lots that were priced below $50,000.

The matter was tabled for a second time. Next meeting, the planning commission has to make a decision whe...

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