Augusta County board tables decision on Dominion zoning permit

Published: Jan. 5, 2018 at 5:22 PM EST
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On Thursday night, the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals decided to delay making a decision on a permit proposal from Dominion Energy to stage a worksite on farmland near Churchville.

The permit would allow Dominion to set up a staging area on 34 acres of farmland at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Union Church Road.

According to a representative for Dominion, roughly 400 workers would visit the site six days a week over the next few years while the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is being built.

The meeting Thursday night was heavily attended by those in opposition to the permit and lasted nearly four hours before the board decided to table their decision until their meeting next month.

Steven Shreckhise, vice chairman of the board said that those who spoke at the meeting brought up a lot of valid concerns about the permit and that in order to make a decision on it they will have to do more research.

"We did not have very much experience in this, we wanted to have the people from the county perhaps check with some places where pipelines had gone through before and see what their experiences were on the reclamation and the difficulties that were had," said Shreckhise.

Shreckhise said the board hopes to learn more about the potential impact the work zone could have on the traffic, environment and community before making a decision next month.