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VA - Stop Land Rights Grab by York County - Email Board of Supervisors

On Tuesday June 17, 2014, the York County Board of Supervisors will vote on the first steps to strip agriculture from York County. They will vote on creating the purely residential R33 zone to replace the Rural Residential (RR) zone for the express purpose of stripping citizens' ability to conduct agriculture.

The Board of Supervisors will also vote to apply this new R33 zone to the York Point area where embattled oyster farming Anthony Bavuso operates his farm. The Board is poised to vote to approve it in spite of the Planning Commission's recommendation against it.

The creation of the R33 zone and the York Point rezoning will be the first dominoes to fall. County staff have identified 80 other neighborhoods that they believe should also be rezoned to R33.

This is an unprecedented land grab! York County citizens have conducted agriculture in York County since Colonial times.

Sign this EMAIL petition:
I urge you to vote NO on R33 and NO on the the York Point rezoning.

Add your own comments and follow up with phone calls to members of the York County Board of Supervisors. Your message will also go to the editor of a local unless you select "No paper."

The York County Board of Supervisors is seeking to undermine the gains achieved for Virginia's family farms by two bills recently signed into law by the governor: SB51 allowing on-farm activities without requiring special permits and HB1089 clarifying that aquaculture is an agricultural activity.

The county has been in disputes with oyster farmers Anthony Bavuso of Seaford Oysters and Greg Garrett of Forbidden Oysters; and, despite the legislative remedy clarifying the farmers' right to continue their aquaculture operations as a part of agriculture, the Board of Supervisors is seeking to make radical zoning changes that could negatively impact as many as 7,000 residents.

The creation of the R33 zone and the York Point rezoning will be the first dominos to fall. County staff have identified 80 other neighborhoods that they believe should also be rezoned to R33.
Revised 6/16/2014 - see

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