ACP tower hearing set

Published 4:21 pm Monday, June 10, 2019

A public hearing has been scheduled to consider a Special Use Permit (SUP) for a proposed telecommunications tower that would be used at the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) compressor station.

The hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 6 p.m. at the Buckingham County Administration Office, 13360 W. James Anderson Highway.

The planning commission previously recommended approval for a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the tower through a unanimous vote in April.

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The land parcel for the proposed tower is located on approximately 68 acres at South James River Highway, Route 56, in the James River Magisterial District.

The Special Use Permit (SUP) was initially approved by the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors in July 2017 and the microwave communications tower was intended to support the ACP compressor station.

“The Special Use (Permit) was valid for 18 months,” documentation from the planning commission board packet cited. “The Board of Supervisors approved the Case 17 -SUP242 on July 10, 2017, so this SUP expired January 2019. The Zoning Ordinance does not provide for authority to renew this same permit or to grant an extension. Due to this, the ACP LLC has submitted a new application for a special use permit. This application seeks authorization of the same tower, on the same property and under the same terms.”

The 12 conditions presented in the permit were the ones approved by the Board in July 2017 for the expired SUP “for the same use on the same property,” according to the board packet.

The only condition amended was for the SUP to last for 36 months.