Northumberland supervisors deny request for ‘farmette’ on waterfront residential parcel

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

HEATHSVILLE—After hearing objections from nearby residents, the Northumberland board of supervisors rejected an application to allow livestock on residential waterfront property on Cod Creek.

Linh Pham, referring to her plans for a farmette on Clarketown Road in Heathsville as a “Noah’s Ark,” appeared before the board Thursday, December 10, requesting a conditional use permit (CUP) to have livestock on a 20.1-acre farm zoned residential waterfront.

Pham told the board she hopes to start her farmette with some 100 chickens and other fowl, including ducks, geese, guinea fowl, pheasant, quail and turkeys. However, in an addendum to her initial application, Pham said she would eventually like to have two horses, two cows, two goats, two alpacas, two emus and two KuneKune pigs.

Pham said she has been raising exotic chickens for…

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