Southampton Planning to hold hearings on microwave towers

Published 10:54 am Friday, July 7, 2017

The Southampton County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings during its regular scheduled meeting on Thursday, July 13, to consider the applications by Virginia Electric and Power Company for conditional use permits to construct microwave towers. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m.

The first tower proposed would be located at the existing Boykins Substation property, located at 31017 Meherrin Road, Boykins, and would be a 190-foot self-supporting lattice tower with supporting equipment, including a generator, propane tank and equipment shelter. The CUP would allow for a 150-foot reduction in the required rear setback and a reduction of 168 feet to the required rear setback of the site.

The second tower proposed would be located at the existing Southampton Substation at 30134 General Thomas Highway in Franklin, approximately 2,600 feet west of the highway’s intersection with Delaware Road. This tower would be a 263-foot self-supporting lattice tower with support equipment, including a propane tank, generator and equipment shelter.

The meeting will also include a discussion of the fourth draft of a proposed utility scale solar ordinance and the applications of Lloyd Applewhite Jr., Michael Drake and Westley Drake to create voluntary agriculture and forestry districts.

Both conditional use permits will be brought before the Southampton County Board of Supervisors following a vote by the Planning Commission to recommend its approval or denial.