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Planning commission recommends approval of retail shop relocation

The Mathews County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of two conditional use permits and one zoning text amendment after public hearings on the matters during the March meeting Tuesday night.

In a lengthy public hearing, business owners David S. and Janice H. Jones requested a CUP to establish a retail shop in their home on Buckley Hall Road. Neighbors on both sides expressed opposition.

The Joneses’ home is currently the site of a home occupation, JB Property Development, and previously housed the now-defunct home occupation, Tri Star Builders. Janice Jones, owner of Roane’s Antiques on Main Street, is seeking to move her retail business to the home, while her husband would move his development company to the site on Main Street.

According to the staff report, the proposal is consistent with the comprehensive plan, which calls for increasing business and mixed-use development in the Mathews Court House area and "special efforts … to ensure ...

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