Board of Zoning Appeals tables Dominion's permit request

Published: Oct. 4, 2018 at 7:54 PM EDT
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For the second month in a row, the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals tabled a decision about Dominion Energy's request for a special use permit.

Dominion has applied for a special use permit on land in West Augusta, to create a staging area for part of the pipeline. Dominion said the area would be used for equipment and material storage.

The decision was tabled today because not all of the members of the board were present. The board gave Dominion Energy the option to request the decision be tabled.

Dominion asked to wait until the full board was present, and the board agreed.

Before the vote, Dominion Energy answered questions and clarified some issues the board had from the first meeting, including questions about why it was necessary to have a staging meeting at that location.

Ron Baker, project manager for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said that it would alleviate traffic in the area. If the staging area was at the proposed location, the traffic would happen earlier in the day.

"If they have that meeting, all that traffic happens much earlier than that, and they kick out and finish their job meeting at 6:30 or 7, they're right there where the work is already happening," Baker said.

Some people in attendance at the meeting were concerned about the impact of the staging area to the land.

"West Augusta is only going to see increased truck traffic, potential pollutants in the water, on the site, and further on," Joshua Vana, who opposes the pipeline, said.

The property is owned by Scottland Land Company, and they've allowed VDOT to use the land for a similar purpose in the past.