Wednesday, January 26, 2022

There’s one less thing to worry about in James City County if your home had tornado, tropical storm damage

Aftermath of Tropical Storm Michael - Hickory Sign Post Road. (WYDaily/Tom Davis)
Aftermath of Tropical Storm Michael – Hickory Sign Post Road. (WYDaily/Tom Davis)

Some relief may be on its way for homeowners impacted by Tropical Storm Michael and the Norge tornado last month.

The James City County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution that will waive building permit fees for residents whose homes were damaged after Michael on Oct. 11 and 12.

Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the meeting’s consent calendar, which included the resolution to waive building permit fees.

Simply put: Owners whose homes sustained damage can now get their building permits at no cost.

The county estimates 32 structures sustained more than $1.6 million in damage from the storm and tornado, according to Board of Supervisors documents. Some of the damaged areas include the Village at Candle Station, Colonial Heritage and Kristiansand.

Building permits are not only required for new builds or additions; they are also needed for repairing significant damage.

The waiver could save homeowners at least $70, depending on the level of work that will be done, Planning Director Paul Holt told WYDaily.

Those with questions about what requires a building permit should contact the James City County Planning Department at 757-253-6626.

Drinking water

The Skiffes Creek Reservoir can be seen from Route 60 near the James City County-Newport News line. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
The Skiffes Creek Reservoir can be seen from Route 60 near the James City County-Newport News line. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

During the meeting, the Board of Supervisors also voted to pass an initiating resolution directing staff to develop policies protecting drinking water supplies from nearby development.

The item was also passed unanimously on the meeting’s consent calendar.

The initiating resolution was prompted by Supervisor John McGlennon at a meeting in May.

McGlennon said there are no existing James City County policies that specifically address the distance possible chemical hazards, such as gas stations, can be located from drinking water.

The resolution requires the Planning Commission to develop a proposal to amend the county’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances for address protections for water supplies.

The Planning Commission will have at least one public hearing on the consideration of amendment of the ordinances, then forward its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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