Planning commission recommends zoning change to create more working waterfront

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—After a public hearing with comments both in support and against a proposed wholesale seafood business, the Lancaster planning commission on May 19 recommended a rezoning request by Nathaniel Everett, owner of Still Kickin Seafood, to change the zoning of two parcels on Harpers Creek Road from residential (R1) to industrial (M1).

The commission voted, 5-0, to recommend the change to the board of supervisors. Steve Sorensen, David Chupp, Ty Brent, Tara Booth and Latoy Davenport voted in favor. Tom Richardson and Glendon Pinn were absent.

Planning and land use director Brian Barnes said the M1 classification had been chosen because the county does not offer specific zoning for seafood harvesting or processing. “It would be great if Lancaster and other Tidewater counties had a district that is SF1 or Seafood 1,” he said, adding that the  industrial ordinance mentions seafood. “This is what we have to work with.”

According to Barnes, “There were four other working waterfront properties within 1,000 feet” of the rezoning request….

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