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Supervisors discuss procedures for dealing with derelict houses

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors is looking to find a way to address unsafe, blighted or derelict structures in the county while, at the same time, not infringing upon individual property rights.

The conversation came about during the board’s June 7 meeting, following a request from Petsworth district supervisor Michael Winebarger who said he had been contacted by several constituents with concerns about blighted, unsafe and derelict structures in the county.

“Constituents wanted to know what, if anything, could be done about these specific structures,” said county attorney Ted Wilmot.

Winebarger asked Wilmot to put together a packet for the board’s information about the matter. The information cites current county code as well as the most recent Virginia Maintenance Code, which is a part of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code that addresses these types of structures.

“Mr. Winebarger and I didn’t talk about a specific structure...

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