York County’s Planning Commission has a new member. Timothy McCulloch, who has been in the news for his position on commercial aquaculture in Dandy, will serve a four-year term. The Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants for the Stormwater Advisory Committee. Read on for more information.
Board Appoints McCulloch to Planning Commission
The York County Board of Supervisors appointed Timothy McCulloch to a four-year term as the District 3 representative on the Planning Commission. He replaces outgoing commissioner Sean Fisher.
McCulloch, a Dandy resident, served last year on the Planning Commission’s agriculture and aquaculture committee. The committee was formed to investigate a proposal to remove commercial aquaculture as a use in rural residential and resource conservation zoning districts from the county’s zoning ordinance.
He has been outspoken against neighbor Greg Garrett’s commercial oyster farm, which he said should not be allowed on a residential property. In 2010, the Planning Commission rejected a Special Use Permit request submitted by Garrett to operate his oyster business. He held his application from going before the Board of Supervisors for approval; during that period, state Sen. Tommy Norment submitted legislation that would have restricted localities’ ability to stop aquafarming. The bill passed the Senate, but was tabled in a House committee.
In response to the bill, York County staff proposed changes that would remove commercial aquaculture and agriculture as permitted uses in the rural conservation district. At that time, the committee was formed to explore the issue and ultimately recommended the Board of Supervisors defer their decision on zoning changes until legislation, like Norment’s proposal, is passed.
This year, McCulloch decided to operate his own commercial oyster business on some property next to his home that was zoned for water commercial industrial use. He does not need a county permit for commercial aquaculture at the property. He applied to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission for use of the water, which borders Garrett’s property, and was approved. Use of the property is granted on a first-come, first-served basis by the VMRC. Read more here.
Supervisors Seek Applicants for Stormwater Committee
The York County Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from county citizens who live in District II to serve on the Stormwater Advisory Committee.
The Stormwater Advisory Committee develops and implements public education and outreach programs on stormwater issues; attempts to increase public involvement and participation in stormwater issues; and assists county staff and the Board of Supervisors in identifying drainage problems throughout the county and developing priorities for stormwater drainage projects.
The committee meets the third Thursday of every other month at 7 p.m. in York Hall in Yorktown.
York County citizens interested in applying may obtain an application at the County Administrator’s Office at 224 Ballard Street in Yorktown or by calling 890-3320. Applications can be obtained and filed here by clicking Board Bank Application.