Permit news of note

Two planning/zoning issues of interest to Rappahannock County residents:

AT&T’s three permits to build cell towers — granted after months of well-attended hearings in April 2011 — have expired, according to County (and Zoning) Administrator John McCarthy, who notified AT&T’s legal representatives of the pending expiration six months ago and has not heard back. AT&T did extend, as its two other permits allowed, the existing Sprint towers at Ben Venue and Amissville; the expired permits would have allowed them to build new towers at the high school, in Sperryville and in Boston, but the projects were never started. Any new projects would require starting the permit process over, McCarthy said.

• The planning commission on Wednesday (Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse) will hear a permit application from Harmony Manor B&B (to expand its two-room operation to a five-room B&B, with objections already on file from the B&B’s neighbors on Clark Lane), and a request for a zoning amendment that would make it possible for Cliff Miller IV to apply for a special-exception permit to build a nine-hole golf course on the portion of Mount Vernon Farm’s 790 acres that is zoned rural-residential (and is bordered by U.S. 211, Water Street and the Sperryville Schoolhouse).

Though there are none in Rappahannock, golf course permit applications are only allowed by the county zoning code for tracts zoned for agriculture/conservation.

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