Friday, October 28, 2011

Freedom Under Siege in Yorktown

Excerpt from Delegate Brenda Pogge’s Newsletter

"Whenever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights."

Thomas Jefferson
96th District, Virginia House of Delegates               October 27, 2011

Sweeping Changes Coming to York Zoning

On  Thursday, October 13th I attended the York County Planning District meeting. The topic of discussion was proposed zoning changes for York County. What I heard astounded me! There was a laundry list of approximately 20 zoning ordinances that will forever change life in York County. These proposed ordinances include drastic changes for residents who now enjoy certain property rights associated with their Rural Residential  zoning.

Imagine a farming and fishing community where traditional activities such as chicken keeping, horseback riding, raising vegetables, selling excess produce or eggs to your neighbors, even docking your work boat will be regulated, restricted or totally banned.

The new three R's of York County zoning will be Restrictions, Regulations and Raising Fees; all of these amount to a government encroachment upon the property rights of York County residents and invisible tax increases in the form of permitting fees which limit the citizen's freedoms and choices. If you live in York County, especially in a Rural Residential district you need to be at the next planning district meeting on Nov 9th and the next  Board of Supervisors meeting on Nov 16th. I will be sending out an  update with specific information soon.

Brenda Pogge

2010 Census Alters Voting Districts
Last year's federal census brought changes to the Delegate Districts in Virginia. My District has changed because of that. Prior to redistricting, I represented 7 precincts in James City County and 10 precincts in York. That has switched. I now have 10 precincts in JCC and 7 in York.

I no longer will be representing the following precincts: Kiln Creek, Harwood's Mill, and half of Edgehill. These are now in the 93rd District where you have an opportunity to support Republican Mike Watson in his challenge to Democrat Robin Abbott. This will be one of the most closely watched races in the state and a must win for Republicans in order to send a message to Washington.
The Tabb, Coventry, and Bethel precincts will now be represented by Delegate Gordon Helsel.

While I will miss my old precincts, I welcome my new ones. They include Seaford, Dare and what used to be known as Harris Grove in York. In James City County I have added all of the Powhatan precincts and all of what used to be the Berkley precincts.

Contact Info

delegate business:
phone: 757-223-9690
During session, call: 804-698-1096

mail to:

Delegate Brenda Pogge
P.O. Box 1386
Yorktown, VA  23692

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