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Supervisors proceed with plan to reduce RMA

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 Tuesday night during its meeting in the colonial courthouse to submit a modified countywide Resource Management Area to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for its approval. The modified ordinance would lessen what is now a countywide RMA to require only a 100-foot perimeter around the Resource Protection Area and the 100-year floodplain.

Supervisors in favor of the ordinance change claim that there is no concrete data that the current countywide RMA is having a positive effect on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and nearby tributaries and that it has proved to be an undue burden on homeowners and developers who wish to build in the county.

All of the areas outside the RMA in Gloucester, the proposed ordinance states, will get relief from the Stormwater Management Plan Ordinance. Also, under the ordinance change, erosion and sediment control measures will not be required on properties outside the RMA with less than 10,...

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