Six-year road improvement plan to be considered

Published 11:35 am Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lunenburg County’s six-year plan for road improvement projects will be the subject of a public hearing and joint meeting Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Lunenburg County Courthouse.

The joint meeting is set between the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Members of the board will also consider a zoning ordinance amendment in order to include group homes as uses and structures permitted by conditional use permits.

Group homes are defined, according to the county zoning ordinance, as a residential facility in which no more than eight tenants with developmental disabilities can reside. More than one resident counselors or staff persons would also need to be present at the home.

“For the purposes of this definition, mental illness and developmental disability shall not include current illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance as defined in Code of Virginia, § 54.1-3401. The term ‘group home’ shall include any other residential facility for which the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services is the licensing authority under State law,” the ordinance cited.

The amendment would also seek to update the reference name of the “Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services” to the “Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.”

Lastly, members of the board of supervisors are set to hold a hearing to adopt the Lunenburg/ Victoria/Kenbridge Comprehensive Plan.