York County Virginia

Oyster Farmer Leads on Property and Commerce Rights

Shelby Mertens, Virginia Free Citizen

York County VA oyster farmer Anthony Bavuso’s lawsuit against his county’s special-use permit requirement will move to the York County-Poquoson Circuit Court, after the county attempted to dismiss the case. The case questions whether the county’s zoning ordinance is in violation of the Right to Farm Act.

VA Lawmaker: ‘Downzoning’ Undercuts Property Rights

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

VA State Delegate Brenda Pogge says “politics, not sound commonsense” are driving an Eastern Shore county campaign to zone out agricultural activities. “Downzoning always results in a loss of property rights, and we may be looking at 5,000 to 7,000 citizens losing freedoms that they already enjoy,” Pogge said.