Town Meeting

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By Chuck Neudorfer

    I will be holding my quarterly town meeting from 10to 11:30 a. m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Moneta Library.  Stop by with questions and comments.  This is an opportunity for me to learn your areas of interest and concern.  There is a lot happening in the county that will affect all citizens.

    The real estate reassessment is under way.  The assessors have been working through the county from north to south so it is now our turn.  They have visited my neighborhood.  Have they been to yours?  I have no indication of the results at this time, but I do expect to see them brief the supervisors as soon as they complete their task.  Remember, once you have received the results of the reassessment you have the opportunity to meet with the assessor if you have questions, talk to the Equalization Board, and go to court.  Hopefully it will not come to that.
    The supervisors have been reviewing the draft of the new zoning ordinance.  We have spent a lot of time discussing the regulations for the Agricultural Zone.  We will be moving quickly on to the residential, commercial and industrial zones at our next work session.  The Planning Commission has held numerous meetings with citizen groups, developers, business owners, etc. in the development of this draft.  They have paid attention to the results from citizen surveys and are using the Comprehensive Plan as their map for the final ordinance.  Once we have achieved a final draft, we will be holding public meetings - one in each district.  In the meantime, I would appreciate hearing your comments on the current zoning ordinance so I can incorporate suggestions and recommended changes in the new ordinance while we are working toward the final draft.
    I have been working with the committee that is updating the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes.  We are preparing to hold a public meeting in September at Trinity Ecumenical Church to get your input on the proposed updated plan.  In that regard, I would like to have your comments on the current plan to help guide the development of the new plan.  You can use the Web site www.smithmtn.com to find a copy of the current plan.  This site will also be updated with the proposed changes to the plan and eventually a red-lined copy of the proposed plan.  The Steering Committee will meet after the public meeting to incorporate your comments into the plan.  Once the draft has been finalized, the Steering Committee members will have 30 days to provide final comments on the plan.  AEP will then forward the plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with the list of comments and whether they were accepted or rejected and why.  FERC will make the final decision on the contents of the new plan.  This is the time to get your oar in the water, no pun intended.
    We can discuss any other topic of interest on Saturday.  Don’t forget the Farm Tour on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Layman Farm on Mountain View Church Road.  See you in the corn maze.