By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors approved a relocation of a microwave tower at the Dominion Bremo Power Plant on July 5.
The new tower will be 1,400 feet from the current tower. Its new location requires it to be taller, coming in a 390 feet. Fluvanna is planning on also putting E-911 radio equipment on the lattice tower.
Don Weaver (Cunningham District) raised concern the public didn’t realize the new tower will be 390 feet. He thought local residents would have concern with a taller tower. Staff said the tower is the same sea level height because the terrain is lower.
Also on July 5 supervisors approved including Columbia area property into the county’s special flood hazard district.
The state requires localities to designate flood areas in special flood hazard districts in order for the property owner to apply for federal insurance protection.
The Town of Columbia designated land, allowing residents to apply. When the town government disbanded, effective July 1, 2016, the county had to amend its districts to include the same land.
Supervisors also approved three changes to county ordinances that speeds up the approval process of the county rezoning land for public use.
Up until July 5, the county would have to pay fees to the county to review proposed county changes to land use. Essentially, it was a delay in the process as the county moved money from one account to another account.
Any proposed land changes will still have to be reviewed and necessary permits obtained, but the county will no longer pay itself to do the reviews.
Supervisors typically have slower summers so they will only have one meeting date in July. The next scheduled meeting is August 3 at 4 p.m.
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