Government

Confusion swirls over land use rules

Talk about Fluvanna’s land use program has reached a frenzied pitch in recent days after an argument at the Board of Supervisors meeting on July 6.

Land use, which offers significant tax breaks to landowners who dedicate their property to agriculture, forestry or open space, has recently become a hot topic in Fluvanna. Some support the program as a way to keep Fluvanna rural while others believe it subsidizes owners of large tracts of land at the cost of other residents.

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Supervisors fight over land use

The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors hotly debated the county’s land use program at its meeting Wednesday afternoon (July 6) when it became clear that some supervisors didn’t want to go forward with a land use presentation from Mel Sheridan, commissioner of the revenue, scheduled for next month.

Supervisor Trish Eager, backed by Supervisor Don Weaver, strongly defended the land use program in its current form, while Supervisor Tony O’Brien pushed hard for further scrutiny. Supervisor Mozell Booker also advocated for continued discussion of the program.

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Lake elects Weaver and Cormier to board

Residents of Lake Monticello elected Marlene Weaver and Larry Cormier to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) Board of Directors today (June 25).

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$17,000 lost to county
Error undercharges customers for sewage treatment

For the last seven years, Fluvanna County has been undercharging customers of its Palmyra Area Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Wayne Stephens, director of public works, told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday night (June 15) that the error cost the county about $17,000 – an amount of money he called “not insignificant.”

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Construction of roundabout at Rts. 15 and 53 to begin in fall

The Route 15/53 roundabout project in Palmyra was advertised for construction bids Tuesday, June 14, according to a press release from VDOT.

The project will replace the existing T-intersection with a roundabout for improved safety and efficiency of travel. Features include street lighting, landscaping and a shared-use path and sidewalk for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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