A proposal that would make it easier for owners of farmland to divide their property into residential lots has sharply divided residents of Bedford County. At least 150 people showed up at a public hearing last night on amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance. Many said they supported easing restrictions on subdividing land zoned for agricultural use, but some said they worried it would encourage sprawl and strain the county’s public safety services and schools. Bedford County planners will make a recommendation to the supervisors by May 13 on whether or not to adopt the changes.
2/11/13: The zoning ordinance will once again be on the agenda for public feedback at tonight’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting. The county has worked to update zoning since 2008. The board and commission held a joint hearing in late 2011 and since have worked through some changes. After tonight’s public hearing, the planning commission will have 90 days to provide recommendations to the board on any new amendments, making the deadline May 13. This evening’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center. For more information on the zoning issue visit: www.co.bedford.va.us