Zoning referendum bill meeting postponed

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Senator calls Grayson supervisors to Richmond to explain their request

By Patrick Smith

RICHMOND – A meeting between Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, which was supposed to decide the fate of a zoning referendum bill last Tuesday, has been postponed.
The supervisors want voters to decide if the county should keep or repeal its zoning ordinance. They voted 3-2 to seek General Assembly approval for a referendum on the ballot this November.
Carrico said the meeting was called off due to weather conditions and a longer than anticipated session last week, but said he had invited each of the five supervisors to attend a meeting in Richmond once again this Tuesday.
The senator, who introduced the bill (SB 668) Jan. 17 at the request of the county, said a unanimous vote would be required from the supervisors to proceed.
“It’s hard to defend something you’re not involved in,” he said. “And the fact that the board already has the authority to repeal the zoning ordinance is why I want a better understanding of their request.”
County officials have noted in recent meetings that the county is “entering uncharted territory,” as a county repealing its zoning ordinance is something that has never been done before in the state of Virginia.