Northumberland commission fails to recommend zoning change

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland planning commission on Thursday, June 16, failed to recommend a rezoning request by Jeffrey Webster and Lily Lin in order to raise livestock on their 18.41-acre property, currently zoned for general residential use (R1).

Although the commission universally expressed a desire to help the couple realize their dream of having a farm on their property at 1092 Hull Neck Road near Edwardsville, a related motion failed, 5-3.

There were only positive comments during the public hearing. Neighbors Howard and Sandra Blackwell both voiced support. H. Blackwell said he had “no problem” with a farm near his home. “He’s a hard working guy and he’s put a lot of work into it,” said H. Blackwell.

S. Blackwell added that she too, did not have concerns about livestock there, but had questions about the type and the number of livestock there. “We welcome it. He’s already done what he needs to do to secure it with the fencing,” she said.

Judy Jett said she “couldn’t ask for better” neighbors. “Everything they do is to enhance the neighborhood, benefit the neighborhood and the community.”

Property owner Webster said he had been led to believe that livestock farming could take place on the property, which the couple purchased in March of….

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