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Planners to discuss animal feed lots tonight

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will discuss animal feed lots during a meeting at 7 o’clock tonight in the colonial courthouse.

Supervisor John Meyer Jr., the board’s liaison to the commission, asked at the May 4 commission meeting if livestock feed lots have to be permitted in the county’s agricultural districts.

“The short answer is, ‘Yes, we do’” have to permit the animal feed lots, Anne Ducey-Ortiz, director of planning and zoning, said in a May 23 memorandum to the commission.

The county has two agricultural districts, RC-1 and RC-2, Ducey-Ortiz said, and the Code of Virginia said that “no locality shall adopt any ordinance that requires that a special exception or special use permit be obtained for any production agriculture or silviculture activity in an area that is zoned as an agricultural district or classification.”

Also, the state code says an “agricultural operation” includes “any operati...

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