Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Building permit waivers in the wake of Norge tornado continue. Some already availed of the program

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

It’s been nearly two months since a tornado and tropical storm roared through upper James City County, and residents are still rebuilding.

To help, the county planning department is still offering waivers for building permit fees.

As of Monday morning, James City County had waived four building permit fees in the county for storm-related damage, Planning Director Paul Holt said.

The fees total $1,769.21.

Holt said one home had damage both inside and out from where a tree fell. The permit covers repairs to framing, roofing, rewiring damaged areas, insulation and plumbing and mechanical roof vents.

Another home had damage to the area where electrical services come into the house. The third had damage to electrical wires in the house and the fourth needed roof framing repairs, Holt said.

There is no expiration date on the building permit waivers, Holt added.

The James City County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at their Nov. 13 meeting to waive the permit fees.

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 required to fix homes as well as build new ones or make additions.

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

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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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