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Planners table proposed changes in driveway regulations

The Mathews Planning Commission took no action on a proposal to change private road and driveway regulations in the subdivision ordinance, following a joint public hearing with county supervisors Tuesday night.

However, commissioners voted to recommend that supervisors approve a change to the subdivision ordinance involving wetlands language on plats.

Planning director John Shaw proposed several amendments that would set standards for building new driveways that access private residences or new roadways into minor subdivisions that contain from two to five houses. The purpose of the new standards would be to ensure access for emergency vehicles, moving vans and other large trucks.

Under those proposed standards, all driveways would have to be at least 12 feet wide in a 25-foot right-of-way; driveways longer than 400 feet would have to have a turnout every 400 feet or less; and any driveway longer than 150 feet would have to be large enough at the end to accommodate emergency r...

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