, 2015

Supervisors to hear
boat ramp opposition tonight

LANCASTER—The board of supervisors is expected to hear from a number of Dymer Creek residents tonight, March 27, about their opposition to a public boat ramp on Simmons Cove, the headwaters to Dymer Creek. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room of the County Administration Building in Lancaster Courthouse.

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Neighbors opposed to the project have organized as the Dymer Creek Environmental Preservation Association (DCEPA). Members say plans for the county boat ramp were done in secret and the county announced they obtained grant money for the ramp at the same meeting they first made public that the land was given to the county for a public boat launch.

Members say the narrow cove would pose a safety hazard to boaters backed up waiting to exit the water and that dredging the creek to accommodate boats along with motor boat traffic would destroy a natural wildlife habitat on the cove that has been undisturbed for 100 years.

County officials say they adhered to Virginia law in discussing in closed session the acquisition of the property and did their “due diligence” before announcing the location as the site of possible public access to the water. In addition, they said the comprehensive plan directs them to obtain access to the Chesapeake Bay from land on the eastern side of the county.

In a related item, the consideration docket includes a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Cooperative Grant Agreement and Resolution of Support. The county is seeking a $100,000 grant from DGIF to build a boat ramp at this site, or another one.

Two public hearings are scheduled, including a request from the G. C. Dawson Estate, owner, and Eileen H. Lawson, contract purchaser, to rezone a 0.405-acre parcel from general residential to commercial for a seasonal garden center as well as rental office space. The parcel is at 20521 Mary Ball Road near White Stone. Following a public hearing in February, the planning commission recommended the board deny the request.

The second hearing will address a request from the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, Free and Accepted Masons Inc., seeking to expand an existing authorized non-conforming club/lodge to include six cabins and a bathhouse for youth summer camps. The facility is on a 29.9687-acre tract at 1434 Good Luck Road near Kilmarnock.

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