Update: Augusta County Declines Permit for Dominion Energy Construction Yard

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Augusta County's Board of Zoning Appeals has declined a request by Dominion Energy and its partners to have a construction staging yard near Churchville to facilitate building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

A public hearing began Thursday, March 1, and dragged into the evening because the board wanted to hear from the public and the Virginia Department of Transportation again before making a final decision.

Dominion Energy and its partners wanted a special-use permit to use 34 acres of farmland across from Union Church Road as a home base for construction crews.

Members of the public aired concerns about traffic, noise, and damage to farmland.

"We hear crickets at nighttime, and you know, sitting on the porch watching lightning bugs not having to watch 400-plus vehicles come past our house at all hours of the day and evening," says Becci Harmon, who opposed the construction yard. "So i think that we've accomplished something here today and it makes us feel good."

The board voted 4-1 and says that the special-use permit was denied on the basis that it is incompatible with the neighborhood and not appropriate for the area's agriculture. Board members also said approving the permit could have increased the potential for traffic hazard and concerns pertaining to water quality.

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