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Lancaster approves two commercial rezoning requests on Mary Ball Road

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—Following public hearings without objections, Lancaster supervisors on Thursday, June 27, approved separate applications to rezone two parcels from residential to commercial.

Greg Berkshire requested the rezoning of a parcel at 4016 Mary Ball Road, previously the non-conforming Lancaster Auto & Marine Service, in order to operate a seafood retail business.

Director of planning and land use Olivia Hall said the request “may be considered reasonable and appropriate” since nearby commercial parcels are across the street and a mile away on Mary Ball Road.

There were no objections during the hearing; however, supervisor Ernest Palin expressed concerns about storing vehicles like a salvage yard since one of the proffered uses were auto sales and service. He wanted to make a distinction between operable cars waiting for repairs and inoperable cars waiting to be scrapped.

“We are the only licensed people in the Northern Neck to pick up cars,” Berkshire said. He added that 95% of cars sitting in yards only had value as scrap and it was not economically feasible to store them at that location as….

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