Tourist home change denied

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

The board of supervisors’ long-awaited decision on a contentious issue in Northumberland County has been made.
Last Thursday, supervisors unanimously rejected an amendment to make tourist homes a “by right” permitted use. Instead, tourist homes will remain a conditional use and will still require public hearings. Several residents cited concerns with tourist homes changing the character of their area and reducing the property values of nearby residences. Opponents to making the homes a “by right” permitted use had favored retaining the conditional use rule in order to allow the board to scrutinize each individual application.
In other news, the board voted 5-0 to grant a conditional use permit to applicant Merthia Haynie and owners Pritchard and Fallin Properties, LLC for the operation of a health care facility for physical therapy on 765 Northumberland Hwy., Callao. Additionally, Dr. Rebecca Gates, superintendent of Northumberland County Public Schools, informed the board that the security equipment sought by the school system has been ordered. The installment of the equipment has been scheduled for the schools’ spring break, April 14-21.

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