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Planners endorse aviation zoning change

The Mathews County Planning Commission on Tuesday night endorsed a change to the zoning ordinance that would allow aviation facilities with a conditional use permit in the rural and industrial districts. The matter will go before the board of supervisors during its meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The commission has been considering the matter since September, and Planning and Zoning Director Thomas Jenkins said the deadline to make a decision had been reached. The changes to the ordinance provide a definition for the use and add that use in the districts in which an aviation facility would be permissible. It does not provide specific conditions.

The changes were originally requested by a resident for such a facility on a four-acre lot in the off water residential (R-2) zoning district, but commission members did not endorse the use in that district, expressing concern about the many small lots in the district.

Two commission members, Danette Machen and Tim Hill, voted against the propose...

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