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Port Royal growth passes

Port Royal will be bigger, come July 1.

The Caroline County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a proposed boundary line adjustment between the town and the county after a public hearing Tuesday night.

Last week, the Port Royal Town Council held its own public hearing on the boundary line adjustment and approved it unanimously.

Next, a circuit court judge will review the paperwork and tentatively approve the new boundaries.

At Tuesday’s public hearing, one speaker, an attorney representing C.B. Holloway, told the board that his client is opposed to the boundary line adjustment.

At an October work session, the Port Royal Town Council and the supervisors met to revise boundaries that were formerly proposed. The new boundaries satisfy both the town and the county and almost all of the landowners who are affected by the change.

The boundary changes are less than first proposed, but would still grow the town significantly.

The plan now is to decrease the amount of land west of U.S. 301 that would become part of the town.

The compromise between the town, the county and farmers who were unhappy with the town’s initial proposal would add about 26 acres west of U.S. 301.

The boundary line would be drawn about 500 feet west of the highway. It amounts to about a quarter of the land west of U.S. 301 that was originally considered for the change.

With the change, the town would fold businesses along U.S. 301 and U.S. 17 into its borders and onto its tax rolls. That would generate an estimated $60,000 more in revenue a year.

The town wants to expand from its current size of 78 acres to bring in more revenue so it can remain independent and not be absorbed by Caroline County.

Right now, money’s too tight in the town, and basic functions like turning on streetlights, repairing sidewalks and trimming the trees can’t be done regularly.

The town is also facing a need to replace the decades-old water system.

Port Royal was chartered in 1744 and this would be the town’s first change of boundaries since it was founded. Last month the town held a Charter Day to celebrate the signing of its charter.

In other business, the board:

  • Deferred action on text amendments regarding farm tenant structures back to the Planning Commission, which will take the matter up in a January work session
  • Approved a special-exception permit for a Saw Mill to be used again on Bagby Road in the Bowling Green district
  • Heard a presentation on the benefits and potential issues with joining the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
  • Heard a schedule of events planned at Meadow Event Park from Jeff Dillon, the Present of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

Robyn Sidersky: 540/374-5413

rsidersky@freelancestar.com

 

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